HTTP/ HTTPS and SSL Certification


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Hypertext Transfer Protocol, more commonly known via its acronym HTTP, is the method in which a website presents data and content from its own servers to your browser on any particular device. HTTP uses a basic text file that contains hyperlinks, which navigate through a website and provide information to load audio/visual and other content. HTTP has been the gold standard since the inception of the internet.

The fundamental issue with HTTP in the current climate is transparency, with sorely lacking privacy and security measures. As an example, eager hackers with little trouble, could access personal data / credit and debit card information by intercepting an online transaction a user has made through a website page, which could lead to a significant number of vulnerable customers. This is where HTTPS came in to provide a solution. If you happen across a website, using HTTPS It is most likely that the website employs an SSL Certificate. This authentication can be confirmed via a secure lock icon on the browser toolbar. An SSL Certificate encrypts data/ passwords etc. meaning any transactions or private data is very difficult for would be hackers to exploit business or consumer data.

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HTTPS has now become the gold standard HTTP once was, especially in the current climate with increased data protection and how it helps ensure business and customer data is at a reduced risk of exploitation. Should your business not employ an SSL certificate and run on standard HTTP you will likely not only run the risk of data breaches of company information, you also send the message to customers that perhaps their best interests and security are not being met, effectively losing new and current customers in the process. Web browsers such as Google Chrome have already gone as far as showing a warning on a form submission, for example if the connection is not secure. This could potentially alienate further customers who would otherwise have been interested in a business’s products or services but become wary that the internet’s most popular search engine deems the website unsafe.

Here at VooServers we provide single SSL certificates, EV certificates, as well as Wildcard certificates. Wildcard certificates offer unlimited subdomain protection under a single domain, which depending on how many sub-domains you are securing can have a significant cost benefit as opposed to requiring a certificate for individual subdomains. However, it is worth noting that some of the advanced SSL features such as EV are not generally supported on wildcard certificates.

Installation is provided by VooServers technicians who also provide annual reminders to assure peace of mind that you have protective measures in place for both business data, as well as (and perhaps more importantly) your current and future customer base. VooServers can also assist in redirecting a HTTP site to HTTPS directing customers to the correct protocol. With increased data protection act regulations as well as GDPR coming into full force, now is the time to provide SSL certification for the business websites you present to the public.

For more information on SSL Certifications please contact our sales team at sales@vooservers.com or via telephone on (01622 524200) who will be happy to advise on our current pricing and certification options.

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