Tip - use HTTPS everywhere

This is the eighth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. Get 2018 off to a good start by:

  • Going to the "https://" version of every website
  • Checking that your browser supports modern security algorithms
  • Ensuring any websites you manage have SSL certificates too

Go to the "https://" version of every website

  • Update your bookmarks and favourites to always go to the https version of a site.
  • Use a browser extension like HTTPS Everywhere to go to the secure version of any sites automatically.
  • If you're running a website, and have an SSL certificate, redirect visitors to the secure version of your site

Check that your browser supports modern security algorithms

  • Go to www.howsmyssl.com to check which security protocols are supported in your web browser and consider switching to a more modern browser if you receive any warnings.

Get an SSL certificate for any personal websites you manage

  • Most e-commerce websites will already have an SSL certificate, as this offers shoppers reassurance that their payment details are more safely guarded.
  • If you're running your own (non-e-commerce) website, then a free certificate from LetsEncrypt is an excellent choice, and many web hosts now offer these certificates directly from the control panel.

Notes

This article was originally published on the Online Safety Alliance

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