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Why Can't I Test a Non-HTTPS (Secured) Website?

To make a long story short: HTTPS enhances the security of your data by adding an additional layer of encryption such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS). Without this extra measure of security, your data is at risk of being hacked. And not just your data, the data of all the users who come to your site too.

These days, interactions on the internet are all about trust. The users who come through your website need to know they can trust you to keep their information safe. At Responsive Design Checker, we believe the same, which is why you need a secured domain (HTTPS) to test your site.

What Exactly Is SSL?

As stated above, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It’s an additional measure of security that encrypts your data and prevents hackers from intercepting the information that passes through your site.

In order to access the encrypted information (depending on the website you’re using and why, this could be information like your email address, banking information, passwords, etc.) a private key is needed. However, because of the nature of SSL, only your site has the private key needed to unencrypt the data. Therefore, even if a hacker does come along, all they will be stealing is a bunch of text gibberish.

Why Should I Have an SSL Certificate?

As you’ve probably guessed, the most important reason for having an SSL certificate on your website is to keep your users safe. Protecting their information will also help you in protecting your own and it helps to build trust between the site and the consumer.

There are often visual representations of a secure site in the browser (e.g. a padlock symbol or green bar) to demonstrate to users what sites are safe. With this visual representation available to them, users will be much more inclined to trust your site.

Google also provides SEO boosts to secured sites. On the other hand, if your site is not secured, many major browsers like Google and Firefox will notify the user with a “Not Secure” label that will appear in any website form that is not HTTPS.


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