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Secure Your Business With Encryption

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Modern day web applications need to be secure from any threats, and while the Internet is an open network and anyone is subjected to potential damage, the question is, “How do we prevent or at least minimize this risk?"

Security is more critical than ever. If you care about your business, your users, and want to learn more about one of the basic security measures for the web, you are in the right place!

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Encryption

Encryption can sound boring, but it is a great way to boost your business and protect your company from security issues (remember all the news about the Global surveillance disclosures?).

We will see why Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) are so important and their pros and cons. If you have never heard about those encryption tools, they are designed to provide communications security over a computer network. In short, they will help you to build a more secure website.

Note: The term SSL became a common and generic term, however, it is a deprecated protocol. We include both terms in this article, but we will refer mainly to the current one, TLS. 

Why do we need SSL/TLS enabled on our website?

Below are some of the Pros and Cons (Spoiler alert: there aren’t many of the latter) of using security measures such as encryption on your site. 

Pros:

Encryption: One example, if you visit a website using a public wifi. Someone could listen to your connection and steal your information. Encrypting data makes sure that only the server with the right credentials can read it.


Authentication: Every time we connect to the Internet, we are vulnerable to fake IP addresses that lead us to some unknown servers. SSL/TLS makes sure this doesn’t happen. It authenticates every request, including customer information, and goes to the right server without it being intercepted.


Peace of Mind: Site security improves the trust of visitors and customers about your website. They will be informed by your website’s URL using “https” instead of “http” and padlock icon next to it on their browser.


Financial Transaction: This is a requirement for any payment gateway (Credit Card, PayPal, etc.) so before you monetize you must prioritize security.


Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Google introduced the prioritization of websites that are using secure technologies over the others. If you make sure that your site is secure for your customers/visitors, you have more chances to be on top of the results. 

Con:

Laziness: For every task in making websites, there is significant work that should be done. Seriously, this is the only con that I can think of, but it still exists so try to stay motivated and keep your site secure!


Now that you know a bit more about these security measures, you can start making your users feel safe. Stay tuned for another blog post on how you can implement these tools to make your websites more secure.