Webmasters all over the world, including Websites to Impress, have started to receive messages from Google Search Console with a warning about an upcoming security change on websites in Google Chrome:
“Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.”
Google has a long term plan rolling out to mark some pages served over HTTP as “NOT SECURE”. This will affect a lot of our customers, so we wanted to share what you can do about it, and how we can help.
If you go to your website and you don’t see HTTPS:// in front of your website address, you will be affected by this security change if you have customers enter any type of information on your website (such as contact forms, applications, etc). It will also affect any pages that do not have HTTPS:// if a user is in Incognito Mode. You will note that after October the words “Not Secure” will be shown to users in Chrome. See example below:
While this only affects users on the Google Chrome browser, you will find this is something you want to take seriously. The lions share of internet users are using Chrome. Here are the current statistics from W3Schools.com
Websites to Impress can help you by installing a SSL Certificate. Per GlobalSign “SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.”
In simple terms, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and is used to identify a website and encrypt information sent to the server. If a user on your website enters information to a web server, that users browser will then access the digital certificate that is on the server and create a secure connection. So regardless of Google’s new warnings, a SSL certificate is a good thing.
Your SSL certificate will need to be renewed annually like your domain name. To get started, contact either Cindy or Brandy at websites to Impress. We will get an SSL installed quickly and help you maintain it each year.