HTTP Conversion

Converting HTTP to 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.”

In 2014 Google first announced that they will begin displaying in Chrome – by far the most popular browser,  all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’. This means that 71% of web users who use utilizing either browser will be greeted with a warning message when trying to access HTTP websites.
If your site is HTTP:// Google wants it to be HTTPS://.
If you don’t make this change there is a very real possibility that the people who try get to your site will get a message that says something like “Your connection to this site is not secure”. If you receive emails from a form or have any other interaction on your site it’s worth doing.
Here is what needs to be done.
  • 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.
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