The Move from HTTP to HTTPS
When you open up a browser to view a page of a website online, what you’re seeing is the data that was sent with the file transfer protocol from the website to your browser. In recent years, the common mechanism of communication between the two is either HTTP or HTTPS.
HTTP and HTTPS are two of the main methods of file transfer that are common on a website, but not all file transfers are created equal. HTTPS [also known as HTTP over Transport Layer Security (TLS), HTTP over SSL, or HTTP Secure] is the secure version of HTTP, and it’s a widely-used protocol for secure communications online.
With the addition of one letter, from HTTP to HTTPS, “S” does stand for secure. That extra letter gives website users a greater sense of trust and security for websites today. HTTPS secures websites when users are providing sensitive information like credit card numbers or other personal information. The protocol offers multiple layers of data protection including data integrity, encryption, and authentication.
While nothing is definitively secure, HTTPS and its end-to-end encryption has evolved to become like the de facto standard between the two protocols, HTTP and HTTPS. Recently, Google announced that they would be moving everything over to HTTPS because it provides more security than HTTP. Additionally, Google will be marking websites using HTTP as “not secure” starting in July 2018.
Secure Connections with HTTPS are Fast and Easy
Why HTTPS vs HTTP? HTTPS helps preserve data integrity, which means that data can’t be altered and will be the same during any operation. Additionally, HTTPS provides encryption, which in turn would make the data is difficult to access or use you would need the decryption key in order to access it.
Another critical feature of HTTPS is authentication. With an SSL certificate in HTTPS, users can’t be fooled into sharing data with someone not authorized to access the data, such as with a hacker performing “man in the middle” attacks.
Setting up a secure connection with HTTPS is fast and easy, all that is needed is a browser and an internet connection. Within minutes you can set up a secure connection with HTTPS and securely download files. No web server installation needed.
Why a Managed File Transfer Platform with HTTPS Support
HTTPS file transfer uses an easy and secure connection to their managed file transfer (MFT) platform to support browser-based transfers without having to install a web server. MFT is primarily a file transfer server, not a web server. This means it is not meant to “serve up” web pages such as a typical web server does for connecting your web browser.
Offering HTTPS support takes advantage of the ease of use and wide installation base that web browsers already provide.