Technology has come a long way. Everyone is connected to the web in one way or another, whether it be by phone, computer, iPad etc… Just about everyone is vulnerable to cyber-attacks. And Google has taken a step further to help protect us from these nasty attacks.
Google announced December 17th 2015 that it will start prioritizing secure HTTPS URLs over HTTP URLs in order to help make browsing the internet safer.
Whether you’re aware of it or not there are thousands of ways cyber bullies can attack you if you’re not using an HTTPS site; such as eavesdropping, man-in-the-middle attacks, or data modification.
This doesn’t only affect web users, it also affects web-page owners as well. If you own a website that doesn’t have the HTTPS certification you’re vulnerable to having your webpage hacked, redirected, or information changed, and the majority of the time you’re not even aware of the changes.
In order to help combat these type of attacks, business owners can help by redirecting their HTTP site to their HTTPS version and change the HSTS header on their server. And web users can help by not visiting sites without the HTTPS certification.