We’re using more mobile internet than ever before, meaning we purchase, input sensitive information, and access our bank accounts all on mobile web apps and sites. It begs the question: How secure are these platforms? Let’s talk about that.
Website Security Relies on Many Factors
We would all like to imagine that our website host or service has the very best security in place for our site’s wellbeing. Your design needs to be bulletproof, data that you send or receive needs to be encrypted – it can be a headache to get started. Your website security is complex, but there are two main factors that you should have in place. They’ve become the prefix for any secure website, and unless you have these two (at the very least), Google could penalize your website.
1. SSL Security Certificate
You’ve seen these on desktop sites; the green security lock on the left side of the current URL you’re on. These should be part of your responsive design to apply to your mobile website, as well. When a user makes a purchase through your online store, they’re entrusting you with their credit card information and other critical data. Make sure your web host offers SSL, even if it’s an additional fee.
2. HTTPS (Not HTTP)
This is the flip side of the coin on SSL. HTTP send data without a secure connection, and in our day and age of information theft, that’s just not a viable option for websites. If one needs the other, then what’s the difference between HTTPS and SSL? In short, your SSL certificate is what changes your domain name into HTTPS, so your security is reliant upon it.
Does That Make My Mobile Website Secure?
Most of the work for your mobile website security is now complete. However, there’s one disadvantage to SSL that nobody really talks about; it constricts your bandwidth. This decreases load times, which has been proven to drive customers away. Encrypting that data between devices can be taxing on your website, so how do you get around that problem?
There is no way to speed up the SSL process, but you can speed up everything surrounding it. Good web design should load quickly, seamlessly transferring the viewer from one page to the other. The best way to get started with that is to get started with us and see what we can do for your mobile website today.