What is HTTP?
Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, was created as a way to share information across the internet. It’s basically the Ford Model T of data communication on the web. When you access a website from your computer or mobile device, your web browser uses HTTP to communicate with the site’s web server. Seems easy enough, right?
The problem is that it might be too easy to send data this way. Once you know how HTTP works, it’s easy to find and intercept data as it travels across the internet – leaving HTTP websites vulnerable to hackers. That’s where HTTPS comes into play!
So What’s the Extra “S” for?
HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, uses a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt data transmitted via internet. Whenever information gets sent from a browser or device, the SSL provides a form of coded encryption that scrambles the information into a random series of characters. Once the information arrives at its destination (another computer or server), it gets unscrambled back to its original format. This prevents prying eyes – whether individuals or malware – from stealing sensitive information.
This encryption is especially crucial for ecommerce websites, where personal information and payment details are transmitted frequently. These details include credit card information, usernames and passwords. We want our customers’ information to be safe!
How do you know it’s working?
There are two signs that the site you are currently visiting is encrypted with an SSL:
- The web address bar contains the “HTTPS” prefix, similar to https://www.tigerbookstore.com.
- The web address bar displays a green padlock icon on the far left.
What makes HTTPS so important?
There are multiple reasons we use HTTPS on our website.
- Safety – Using HTTPS for our ecommerce store means that our customers are protected. You can be confident that when you check out on our site, your credit card information is safe.
- Confidence – Along with safety comes a feeling of trust. When you see a green padlock in the URL bar for our website, you are confident that your information is secure while on our site.
- Integration – Outside of Google, other third-party integrations – such as Facebook – require encryption. These companies want to protect themselves from liability, meaning anyone who wants to work with them or connect to their server is required to have protection as well.
So, rest assured that we’ve taken the necessary steps to make sure your information is secure while shopping with Tiger Bookstore. Happy shopping!