Benefits of HTTPS – SSL – TLS Certificate – HTTPS Everywhere

Most of us know that HTTPs is a secured version of HTTP protocol, and it is used to establish secure communication over a computer network. Over the time, it is observed that some users are not able to get the full out of HTTPS due to various reasons. Most of them implement HTTPS only on a few pages (e.g., Login, checkout page, etc.) owing to cost factors or CPU load/memory overhead issues. And, this measure makes their website vulnerable to cyber attack.

Thankfully, HTTPS Everywhere initiative came in the picture, recommending https configuration on the entire website. So, let’s learn about HTTPS Everywhere and its benefits.

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What is HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is simply the global practice of using HTTPS protocol across your entire website. As mentioned before, implementing HTTPS partially does not completely serve the purpose of SSL certificate. Moreover, all the renowned browsers are embracing HTTPS today, which facilitates you to discover augmented performance of your website if it has SSL cert installed on every page. Hence, implementing https on your entire website helps you and your customers stay protected against the next generation of cyber-attacks.

Google’s Thumbs up to HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is recommended in the cyber security ecosystem for years by Online Trust Alliance, CA Security Council, and Microsoft. These governing bodies have stated that HTTPS Everywhere as the only way to truly secure user’s data online. According to recent research by Google, it is found that the majority of world’s largest websites are using HTTPS Everywhere.  In the initial days of HTTPS, most of the website owners deployed HTTPS selectively. But, it is not the case anymore.

Today, world’s leading organizations such as Google and Mozilla are embracing 100% HTTPS, which means it needs to be installed on the entire website.  What’s more! Google is continuously pushing HTTPS Everywhere to improve the web security globally. It is the reason that it has included HTTPS under the SEO ranking factor as well.

Security is a top priority for Google… we’re also working to make the Internet safer more broadly. A big part of that is making sure that Websites people access from Google are secure… we’d like to encourage all Website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the Web” said by Zineb Ait Bahajji and Gary Illyes, Webmaster Trends Analysts, Google.

What are the Benefits of HTTPS Everywhere?

Enhanced Security: Did you know that online browsing info and personal details shared on social sites can all be used in malicious activities? Yes, it is a fact. Thus, installing HTTPS on the entire website helps you stay safe against various online threats.

Brand Security: The cyber crime is already on rise and is expected to multiply in the future, unless we get serious about it.  Securing your users’ data not only helps browsers, it helps your brand as well. It is hard for any organization to come out of the pain of data breach—no matter what user information is tampered.

Winning the Trust: HTTPS websites are trusted by users all around the world. It is the reason that websites powered with HTTPS are known for increased conversion rates, engagement metrics, brand value. A recent study revealed that most of the people prefer doing business with companies that have EV SSL certificate installed on their website. It boosts the confidence of website users by ensuring that their visited website is legitimate.

How HTTPS Safeguards Your Users

Latest methodologies such as session side jacking, hijacking have simplified the process of hijacking unencrypted sessions and stealing any user’s information. So, if some of the pages on your website are running on HTTPS, your website is still vulnerable to the theft of sensitive information, content injection, etc. Any unsecured page is a gateway of cyber-attack, and leaves your user’s data in plaintext, where it can be stolen. The apt installation of SSL cert across your entire site ensures that all pages, cookies, and sessions are secure, no matter what page they are on.

Useful Measures for Migrating to HTTPS Everywhere

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Know About Your SSL Certificate

If your website deals with sensitive user information, you may already have an SSL certificate on a portion of your website. Before you go to buy an SSL certificate, it’s best to know what you already have. Being a Platinum Elite partner of Digicert, we recommend using the DigiCert Certificate Inspector tool to find all the certificates in your web environment. This tool will scan your domain or a range of IPs to find certificates. You can also use Certificate Inspector to scan your internal network for SSL certificates.

Understand Your SSL Certificate Requirement

Once you know about your current certificate, you will better know what kind of SSL certificate you require. Even if you already have an SSL certificate, you may need to purchase an additional certificate to secure your entire site or other domains. For instance, if you handle sensitive data you may already have an SSL certificate that secures the log-in or checkout page on your site. However, this single-name SSL certificate may not be able to secure the rest of your company’s resources if you have multiple subdomains or even multiple domains. You may want to switch to a Multi-Domain (SAN) or Wildcard certificate if you need to secure multiple subdomains or domains. You may also want to transition to an EV SSL certificate for the added user trust and visual cues, like the green address bar. For a more detailed description of each certificate type and more information on what type of SSL certificate is right for your situation, try Digicert’s CertWizard tool.

Quick Checklist for Buying SSL Cert

Right after knowing your SSL certificate requirement, here is the quick info that you need to know:

  • Issuance Time: Some CAs take days or even weeks to issue a certificate. But, the story differs here. DigiCert has the fastest certificate issuance time as compared to other CAs. You can even get an EV certificate issued within hours.
  • User Trust: Though all SSL certificates vendors can provide the same encryption, but the level of trust a certificate provides depends on the issuer.
  • Powerful Tools: Certificate management tools can save you and your IT team a lot of time. Our innovative Dev team has created tools to help with every step of the certificate management lifecycle.

Certificate Installation

Once you complete the validation process and receive your SSL certificate, you can install it on your server. You can find step-by-step instructions for installing an SSL certificate on a variety of platforms in the support section of the DigiCert website or connect with the tech support team of JNR Management. Or, if you have a Windows server, you can download the DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows to automatically install your certificate. After your certificate is installed, we recommend you ensure that everything is working correctly using our free Installation Diagnostics Tool.

HTTPS Evaluation of Your Website

Testing: In order to verify that the SSL certificate is installed correctly on your website, use Digicert’s certificate checker Tool. Furthermore, you can manually check your website to make sure that it doesn’t have unsecured content.

  • Use Server-Side 301 Redirect: Set up a server-side 301 redirect if you need to direct traffic from port 80 (HTTP) to port 443 (HTTPS). Google considers the HTTP and HTTPS versions of your website to be different sites. So, if you do not redirect traffic, Google may see your sites as having duplicate content and penalize you.
  • Get Benefited by Google Search Console: Make sure to track website’s traffic on Google Search console frequently. It will help you ascertain that the traffic is moving to the https version of your website.
  • Everything on HTTPS: Ensure that all the resources of your website such as images, JS, CSS, and a href are accessible through https.
  • HTTPS Strict transport Security (HSTS) Server: Always use the server that supports HSTS and enable it. HSTS instructs the browsers to load pages using HTTPS protocol.

In the event that you come across any technical challenge pertaining to SSL certificate, feel free to contact JNR’s technical support team or Digicert.

About JNR Management

We, at JNR Management were established in the year 2003, with the prime objective of assisting organizations, stay secured against the murky world of cybercrime. The amalgamation of continuous hard work, innovations, and commitment is the reason that we are one of the front-runners in the PKI industry. We enjoy the honor of being acknowledged as a “Platinum Elite” certified partner of Digicert in India & South East Asia. We are among the 4 chosen most invested partners under this respected category in the APAC region, which is certainly a matter of pride for us.

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