It's July! Many of you will be enjoying the sun and spending time with friends and family. Google isn't. They are about to release a security update to their Google Chrome browser which could really affect your website
Later this month Google will release version 68 of its Google Chrome internet browser (You can read more about the planned update here
). In this update any websites that do not have an SSL certificate and use the https protocol will be marked as "Not secure" in the address box. This means that anyone visiting your website will see that "Not secure" message and in the worst case scenario - they will get unnerved by this message, click off your website and visit your competitor who has a nice shiny green padlock with no "Not secure" message.
In the image above, you can see how the changes will appear in the address bar
Previously Google Chrome would only show "Not secure" when visiting any non-HTTPS website in its private / incognito mode and when visiting an non-HTTPS website which had a password or credit card related input on the page. You can read more about their release here
We've seen this in the past and we will keep seeing this in the future. Google and other large internet companies are focusing on privacy and user security. In this day and age, with all of the data scandals and hacking problems we face, having an SSL certificate is really the bare minimum.
Google's "Not secure" Timeline
- September 8th 2016 - Google announce their plans to mark non-HTTPS web pages that have password / credit card fields as "Not secure" in the browser address bar.
- January 25th 2017 - Chrome 56 is released and stays true to its word from Sept 2016. These pages are now being marked as "Not secure" as well as any non-HTTPS pages when using private / incognito mode.
- February 8th 2018 - Google announce their plans to mark all non-HTTPS pages as "Not secure". They plan to make this change when Google Chrome v68 is released which is due in July 2018. We believe the released date will be 6th July 2018 (according to the Wikipedia page of Chrome versions)
Google has also previously mentioned that is plans to eventually mark all non-HTTPS pages as "Not secure" but using the red warning triangle and red text which would make it stand out even more.
Why do you need an SSL certificate?
Whilst an SSL certificate is a small investment you will be rewarded with a small boost in the search engine rankings. This was mentioned fairly early on during this process by Google to try and get the ball rolling. We are sure other search engines will start to follow.
Having an SSL certificate has really become the standard now for websites. As mentioned previously, you will gain a small boost in the search engines but you will also gain the confidence or your website users as they now expect to see that green padlock.
Security and privacy is incredibly important. Using the https protocol can stop people snooping on data that travels between your website and your website customers. This means that people cannot see the data but also cannot try and tamper with it by changing information.
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