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Over the past few years, Google has been encouraging websites and webmasters to take up stronger security practices. Then recently, they decided to formalize their suggestion with a date.

Earlier this year, Google announced a deadline for websites to upgrade from HTTP to HTTPS: July 2018.

But what does this mean?

HTTP and HTTPS are data sharing protocols – a set of rules and procedures for transmitting data between electronic devices. They’re most commonly used to tell devices how to transfer data between website pages and the site’s server.

The difference between HTTP and HTTPS is rooted in security. Whereas HTTP stands for “hypertext transfer protocol,” HTTPS stands for “hypertext transfer protocol secure.”

Unlike HTTP, HTTPS encrypts the data you send and receive. So, in the instance of HTTPS usage, if anyone tries to access the information you’re sending during a browsing session, they won’t be able to read it. HTTP, meanwhile, makes any data being transferred insecure.

Here’s the important part: For e-commerce sites, insecure date can include information such as credit card details for online payments and login credentials.

Upgrading to HTTPS, thus, basically means you’re providing a higher level of data protection and security to people visiting your site — not a bad thing to be doing at all.


About the Author: Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, the adult industry has always been a presence in Amber Gold’s life. At an early age, she became acutely aware that narratives often take shocking creative license when she noted there was no way Daniel LaRusso could’ve made it to the beach from Reseda (and back again) so quickly. She’s been seeking out various forms of truths ever since.