Converting HTTP to HTTPS
HTTP VS HTTPS
HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTP is the protocol that sends data between your browser and the server/ website that you are connecting to. The simple “S” added to the end of HTTP:// indicates that a site is secure. This means that the communications between your browser and the website are secure. This is important if you are passing data such as completing a form. It is very important if your site gathers information that could be sensitive such as HIPPA protected data or order form information.
Several browsers including Chrome and Firefox show a padlock icon in the address bar. This can build trust with patients/customers, assuring them that the data exchange is safe. Google sees three reasons for securing your website with HTTPS. They are “Authentication,” “Data Integrity,” and “Encryption.”
- Get a security certificate (SSL) and install it on the server.
- Update all references to prevent mixed content issues.
- Update redirects to external links.
- Force HTTPS with redirects.
- Enable HSTS.