Currently most of the websites you use won’t be very secure. Banks and government sites most certainly will be, but most of the others won’t.
But does this matter, and just what does an insecure website mean anyway?
In simple terms it means every detail you enter passes through the internet as plain text, or in other words in a form anyone can read if they want to.
So if you run your own website and it’s not secure anything people enter in a web page say in a form will also be open and available for anyone to see if they want to.
You may not think this matters very much but your visitors may worry about their information being seen by a third party and now Google is taking an interest as well to the point where they’re starting to add a warning for non-secure sites for users of their chrome browser (as well as the possibility that non-secure sites may be ranked lower in Google as well).
So just what is secure or HTTPS websites anyway?
HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. In simple terms HTTPS is an overlay of secure capabilities to everyday web pages using SSL (secure socket layer), thus creating a hopefully impermeable connection between a web server (which may host your website) and someone’s web browser.
Now we have an idea of what it is and why we need it what will it take to make your website secure?
First you’ll need to buy a SSL site certificate, install it and move all your websites pages over to https.
Then you’ll need to test everything to ensure none of your web pages are generating errors in people’s browsers. All this will take quite a bit of time and effort not to mention cost.
No wanting to go through all that effort to get this blog running on https I’ve researched a much easier route and it doesn’t cost a penny. The solution I’ve found is designed for WordPress, but the more technically minded may be able to adapt it for other types of sites as well.
There’s a full guide on the WordPress Weaver site you can access here (which by the way is the theme we use on this website). I worked through the steps in this guide and it all worked fine for me at the end.
N.B. As with any modifications make sure and back everything up first and remember even through it’s worked fine for us we can’t guarantee it’ll work for you and accept no responsibly for any issues or losses caused.