The HTTPS security protocol: A ‘very limited’ protection

When Scamdoc carries out the analysis of a website, it automatically retrieves several pieces of information that could impact its trust score. The analysis of the communication protocol of the website is among the elements studied. When a secure protocol (https) is detected, the information is added to the positive points and impacts the overall score positively to varying degrees.

What is an HTTPS protocol?

The HTTPS protocol is a security system used on websites to protect your confidential information, such as passwords and payment data. It uses advanced encryption to prevent hackers from intercepting them. You can recognize it by the green padlock next to the site address (on some browsers). However, bear in mind that HTTPS does not guarantee the total security of the site itself.

What are the limitations of HTTPS?

The HTTPS protocol offers protection against the interception of your data during their transfer between your browser and the website you are visiting. However, it does not guarantee the legitimacy or reliability of the site itself. Even if your information is encrypted, it can be sent to a fraudulent site if you voluntarily provide sensitive data. Nowadays, most sites use HTTPS, including those used by scammers. Perhaps because it has become free… 😅

What is the impact of this criterion on Scamdoc’s score?

Although it is not possible to precisely indicate the impact of the criterion on the score since the system relies on a machine learning algorithm (the weight of the criterion can vary from one site to another), it seems that this criterion has a very slight positive impact. This is all the more understandable because the HTTPS protocol is now freely available and widely spread.