Whether we want to purchase something or are simply looking for information, we browse different websites on the Internet every day. It is said that an average user browses about 89 websites per month. If you ever looked closely, you might have come across different URLs (Uniform Resource Locator). In simple terms, it is the web address with the help of which you can locate different documents or files on the Internet. For more information on URL, visit this post by How-To Geek.

Example of an URL

What is HTTP?

Protocols are a system of rules with which communication is carried out between the browser and the website you are connected to. The most common schemes are: HTTP, HTTPS and FTP.

What is HTTPS?

HTTP Secure is nothing but a secure version of HTTP. Here, the data transfer between the browser and the website are encrypted making the transfer of sensitive information over the Web safer and less likely to be misused by hackers.

HTTP vs HTTPS

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WEBSITE SECURE AND WHAT IS SSL CERTIFICATE?

Now you might be wondering how to implement HTTPS. This is where SSL or Secure Socket Layer certificates are used. It is basically a secure data file that when installed on a web server, binds a cryptographic key to the organization’s details. It activates HTTPS protocol and allows secure connections from web server to a browser.

SSL certificates are of two types: Standard and Extended Validation. While Extended Validation SSL certificates are used by important organization such as banks where heavy security is required, Standard SSL Certificates are more widely used for websites where you might need to take user’s information.

HOW TO INSTALL AN SSL CERTIFICATE ON YOUR WEBSITE?

To order your own SSL certificate, you must first have a unique IP address and make sure the hosting service you are using supports it.

Security has always been an important issue and especially these days, it is vital to keep your user information safe from hackers or anyone planning to misuse the data. However, it is not free. Apart from Hosting charges, SSL certificates start from ₹1000.