HTTPS is same as HTTP except it has an added SECURITY feature called “encryption” installed via SSL (Secure Socket Layer) which transports data safely and directly, protecting online connections or conversations from one party to another and nothing in between. Sensitive information from websites that are not https/SSL secured are prone to be accessed or intercepted by third parties. The green padlock found before https URL is an added safety feature that let you know that website is secure.
Google has been encouraging migration to https / SSL certified since 2014 in an effort to make the web safe and secure to its users and has been making a success out of it. Companies have perceived this move as a contributor to SEO as more and more users are shifting to using websites with https for safety reasons.
Actually Google is not forcing us to use HTTPS. If you don’t use HTTPS on a web page that asks for sensitive information such as password, Chrome & other browsers will show a notification in address bar that the page is not secure. This is to inform website visitors that their information such as password will not securely sent over the internet, if they submit information on this page.
When you visit a website, it’s helpful to know if your information is being handled securely by that website, especially if you’re not tech savvy.
If your website doesn’t ask for sensitive information like password, you don’t need to HTTPS on your website and Google won’t bother you.
You can even have some pages of your website as HTTPS and other pages as HTTP. For example, on my website I only have “new user registration” and “log in” pages on HTTPS and other pages (such as tutorials, blog, contact us, features, pricing, etc) as HTTP. It’s perfectly fine.
Basically, if your web page has a user form, use HTTPS for that page. If it doesn’t have a user form, you need not HTTPS for that page.
HTTPS allow your site to secure its contents over the internet, all website data is encrypted if https is enabled. However, in my opinion, Google won’t force you to switch to ssl. It’s up to you my friend!
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