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What is HTTPS?

conditions are met, the protocol will render a site secure. Thus, adding some sense of protection for the users.

Websites need to ‘show’ a valid certificate in order to classify as secure. This certificate needs to be signed by trusted authorities, indicating that the site is secure.

If any of these conditions are violated, then the site is viewed as insecure, and access is denied. This allows users to feel safe and not worry about getting viruses or hackers accessing their computers. For people who don’t have antivirus on their devices, this can be especially useful.

Advantages of HTTPS over HTTP

• It ensures the communication established between server and browser is secure.

• It protects users’ data by encrypting the information. Even if hackers find a way to access said data, they won’t be able to read it.

• It protects website users’ privacy by hindering hackers’ spying attempts on browser-server communications.

• It increases the speed of data transfer when compared to HTTP.

In 2018, Google started making non-https sites as ‘not secure.’ This was done to finally ensure that the ‘secure by default’ approach they have been trying to push for years is finally implemented.