Consumers are becoming more and more security aware with respect to their use of the internet, as a lot of data, such as personal information and contact details are exchanged. For some time now, the browser address bar has been the place where we all (hopefully!) looked to see whether the site we were visiting had the reassuring “Secure” padlock, letting us know that the pages we were about to view were coming to us over a secure https connection. That padlock let us know that nobody else on the web could intercept the information we exchanged with a given site. Then too, of course, the address bar also showed us the “not secure” warning with an information symbol.
As our business grew and more people visited and communicated with us through our website, the need for security became essential. It has always been our aim to improve our website and keep it up to date to better serve our customers. That includes a responsibility to protect our portion of cyberspace. We have made the move to maintain peace of mind for our visitors by adding a new feature to our website … security. To follow current internet best practices, we have made the entire site only accessible over the secure https protocol.
- With the site on https, we prevent malicious third parties from inserting code into our site, such as installing malware.
- Your privacy is also protected with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) not able track what pages you are browsing.
A more simple way of saying this is that our website is now secure. But be aware that, at some point, the padlock will no longer be displayed, completely disappearing from the address bar, leaving it empty save for the URL. No more telling us when something is good (https). We’ll just be told when it’s bad (http). Please note that your existing links & bookmarks to Xtreme Home Improvement pages will not be affected by this https update: they will simply redirect you to the secure version of that same page.