Apr 4 World Wide Web Browsing
On this day in history 1994 Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark found Mosaic Communications Corporation which later became known as Netscape.
They worked tirelessly before the founding of Mosaic. Marc Andreessen developed the software used for browsing the World Wide Web while working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois and Jim Clark co-founded Silicon Graphics Incorporated, the high-performance computer maker. So they made quite a team.
So Does All Of This Matter?
This is significant because Netscape did two things for us.
- It also developed SSL which is used for securing online communications.
This is very relevant for our Wealthy Affiliate Web Hosting Services.
WA Includes SSL As Part Of Their Web Hosting Services
Thankfully WA includes SSL as part of their hosting package though some web hosting services still charge a fee. Today SSL is crucial to good website ranking because data encryption gives our visitors assurance of personal data protection.
This leads us to the HTTP HTTPS discussion.
What Is The Difference Between HTTP and HTTPS?
For those of you who have been Wealthy Affiliate members for some time remember the days of http to https.
HTTP is passing unsecured data while HTTPS is passing secured data. There is no encryption in HTTP data. HTTPS data is encrypted before it is sent.
HTTP sends data over port 80. Port 80 is the port that the server "listens to" or expects to receive communications from a Web client (Web browser) but the data is not encrypted.
HTTPS uses Port 443, a web browsing port to secure web browser communications. It provides encryption and transport over secure ports. Today over 95% of web data is secured.
Clarification Between Client and Server?
Your web browser is an example of a web client. The remote machine containing the document you requested is called a web server. So Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari and others are the client. As WA members our websites are hosted on Amazon servers which use a special language (a "protocol") which is encrypted so is called HTTPS.
SSL is already being replaced by TLS.
SSL is a cryptographic protocol that uses explicit connections to establish secure communication between web server and client. However, even though TLS is also a cryptographic protocol that provides secure communication between web server and client, connection is done implicitly.
Data Security Is More Crucial Than Ever
Breaches happen all of the time. As website owners we need to keep our Privacy Policies up to date. WA provides templates in the Site Content tool.
Keep Your Data Safe Today!