HTTP stands for hypertext transfer protocol. It’s a protocol that allows communication between different systems. Most commonly, it is used for transferring data from a web server to a browser to view web pages. OK, so what does that mean? When you go to your bank’s web site the web address shows a lock symbol and the URL address starts with HTTPS. That means that the data on that web site is protected along the path from the bank’s server and your computer or phone. The Internet is just that, a series of networks, or connections to connections, and each step along the way is a potential security risk… unless the data is shielded from intrusion along the way. That shielding is known as Secure Socket Layer, or SSL, which is how HTTPS works.
In the past, HTTPS Certificates were costly. Today, basic HTTPS security is available from responsible web site hosting providers, like our own Cyberchute Hosting, at no cost or charge. Can you upgrade to a higher security? Of course! Can you get by on basic HTTPS protection? Of course, especially if you are not selling high volumes of high cost items on your web site.
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