The S stands for safe: Why HTTPS is important

What is HTTPS and why is it important to use for your servers? Here's the basics of how the protocol adds security to your online data.

You've likely seen the prefix HTTPS countless times in your web browser, but what is it? And why is it so important for your security?

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a protocol used to secure the transmission of data over the internet. It employs encryption to protect the data being sent and received between a client (such as a web browser) and a server. It's crucial for maintaining the privacy and integrity of sensitive information online.

By encrypting data in transit from both directions, HTTPS prevents unauthorized parties from intercepting or accessing the transmitted data.

This encryption makes it extremely difficult for individuals or malware to extract or view the information being transmitted. As a result, sensitive data such as personal details, financial information, or login credentials remain secure during communication.

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We strongly recommend the use of HTTPS, particularly for Ostendo Freeway, where remote access from devices is frequently used.

With HTTPS in place, the communications between devices and the server are protected, minimising the risk of data being compromised. Without it, malicious parties can exploit vulnerabilities and employ various software tools to intercept and potentially copy sensitive data sent to and from Android or Apple devices.

Considering that Ostendo Freeway may store sensitive contact information for your customers, it's crucial to prioritise the security of your data.

There are many options for ensuring the safety of your data and customer information.

Contact our team today for guidance to help implement the necessary measures to safeguard your and your client's data.

About The Author

Aaron joined the Cutcher & Neale Software division in 2005 and specialises in financial systems solutions and operational process review and implementation.

Aaron’s accounting expertise allows him to create custom-built applications for businesses struggling with financial statements and account reconciliation tailored to their needs.

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