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Is HTTPS Really Hallmark Of Security Of A Website?

HTTPS or HTTP Secure is a measure of trust when you require furnishing your personal information like Name, Address, Phone No., Email, Web Address and Bank Account No.etc to a website. Every website not ask for your personal information.


Sometimes I read a similar piece of article via www.askleo.com. The Leo's argument is, E-commerce websites like Paypal.com, Ebay.Com etc those ask for personal information need to be HTTPS enabled. However a website like AskLeo.com does not ask for personal information hence not require HTTP Secure.

Next what caught to my attention is an article via Mashable.com: Secure Sites Will Show Up Higher in Google Search Results, says Google Blog. In future the Google.com will implement such strategy. (Link to story http://mashable.com/2014/08/07/google-prioritize-secure-sites)

Why this caught my sharp attention is, I run two blogs, www.dkoffice.in and www.careercare.info. Both of these are supported by couple of sub sites (sub domains). My blogs are information based. I don't ask user's personal information through my blog, then why the heck I need to spend extra bucks for HTTPS?

Secondly, I do SEO and Website Development and copy writing for earning money Link to my service page. It's big question for me, whether an HTTPS web address shall win over HTTP for lesser efforts? Or if good website work shall rank low in future if not HTTPS enabled?

If we observe security breach trends of past 10 years, as far as I do remember, most of the security breaches happen with HTTPS enabled websites. Is HTTPS really secure? My personal response is half yes, half no.

HTTPS is like the lock you put on the door while going out. Your belongings are secure till thieves are afraid of Police and your neighborhood. If they are not afraid but your home is still safe, it's by chance chance only.

This same simple criteria applies with HTTPS too. Why hackers will target a particular website which does not gather any important personal information from customers / audience, like mashable.com or dkoffice.in or say askleo.com even if it's web address reads as HTTP. Thieves target money not money making techniques.

The ecommerce websites stores sensitive user data, a very very confidential information. They need to be extra secure. HTTPS alone should not be the measure of Security Strength for such sites but also factors like security layers, security strategy and what if a catastrophe happens?

Considering the scenario, in my personal opinion a website with HTTP address which does not gather user data (read sensitive information) is equally secure as a shopping site with HTTPS web address. HTTP OR HTTPS shall not be the quality seal of a website but what it does.

Answer to the questions, like, whether HTTPS shall be Hallmark of Security and to rank high on Google Search Engine / Good SEO shall depend on the type of information it gathers from the customers.
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