What is HTTPS?

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Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) provides secure communication between a browser and web server. Secure communications allow users to safely exchange sensitive information over the internet like credit card numbers, banking details, and passwords.

Please keep reading to learn more about the process behind HTTPS, why it matters, and how it’s different from HTTP. Also, find out how healthcare providers can go one step further to safeguard their sensitive data.

How does HTTPS work?

HTTPS creates an encrypted link between the browser and the web server by using Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. This process involves using a public key for encryption and a private key for decryption.

The encryption essentially renders data undecipherable until the site owner unlocks it. As a result, intruders cannot read or alter the data during the transfer without being detected. Even if a hacker does gain access successfully, they will be unable to use the information.

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Adding the authentication layer gives users confirmation that they are interacting with the intended website, which ultimately boosts trust. HTTPS websites also experience better search engine performance and functionality.

What is the difference between HTTPS and HTTP? 

HTTPS and HTTP are the same protocol, but HTTPS adds an extra layer of encryption to keep information confidential.

On the other hand, HTTP connections are not as secure, making it easier for hackers to intercept user data. As a result, HTTP websites are at a higher risk of man-in-the-middle attacks.

Many browsers shows a padlock in the URL bar to indicate that a website is secure, while non-HTTPS websites are flagged as non-secure. 

All organizations can strengthen website security by using HTTPS

An SSL/TSL certificate must be obtained from a certificate authority (CA). The SSL/TSL certificate verifies that the website belongs to a the organization that made the request.

Once a site owners receive a certificate it is installed and activated by a web hosting service. Then the website can run on HTTPS and all its traffic is encrypted.

Strengthen your email security with Paubox 

HTTPS is a smart first step, but healthcare providers should take extra measures to secure online communication from every angle.

With email serving as one of the leading threat vectors for cybercrime, it’s important to make email encryption a guarantee with the right HIPAA compliant email service.

Following the latest guidelines from the National Security Agency (NSA), Paubox Email Suite uses TLS 1.3 encryption protocols to ensure that all emails are sent securely.

Paubox provides additional protections if a recipient’s email provider does not support encryption. Rather than delivering the email unencrypted, Paubox will send the recipient a link that securely displays the message on an HTTPS website.

In addition to enabling healthcare email encryption by default, Paubox Email Suite Plus and Premium offer patented inbound email security tools. These stop malicious emails from even reaching the inbox.

For example, the  Zero Trust Email feature uses email AI to confirm that an email is authentic. Additionally, our patented ExecProtect solution intercepts display name spoofing attempts.  

Keep your sensitive data safe and secure by using HTTPS on your website and by using a secure and HIPAA compliant email provider like Paubox.

Try Paubox Email Suite Plus for FREE today.

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