Secure with a capital S
In the course of our customer interactions, we have all kinds of conversations. This is the result of one of them!
The all-important S in HTTPS simply stands for Secure, but brother is it an important S.
It means that communication between you and the website you’re engaging with is secure. It’s encrypted or in code, so no one can sit in the middle of your online exchange and butt in – potentially stealing your data, viewing your accounts or doing anything else they shouldn’t be doing.
HTTPS also means that the website you’re looking at or interacting with has been authenticated. So, any data exchanged in the process of your communication with the site will maintain your privacy (your data won’t be shared) and its integrity (it’s not going to be edited or modified for any reason).
Now, if you sign up to certain terms and conditions on a website – even an HTTPS site – that could change the game when it comes to sharing your personal information with 3rd parties. Across the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on 25th May 2018 will make sure what you are signing up to is much more transparent and it will need to be clear what your data is going to be used for.
But, we digress.
The important thing is before interacting with a website, making a purchase or sharing your information etc. check for the little padlock and the HTTPS at the start of the link in the browser.