Google takes security and safety of its users very seriously, embarking on a years-old effort to make web sites safer and more protected. Starting with the newest version of its popular Chrome browser – Chrome 68 – released on 24 July 2018, all HTTP pages will be labeled as ‘Not Secure’.
If your website is still running on out-of-date Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Google Chrome has likely already started notifying your visitors that the site is untrustworthy.
By displaying ‘Not Secure’, Google Chrome informs visitors that a specific website doesn’t use an SSL certificate to encrypt the connection between the client computer and the server. This means that all sent data, including sensitive personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers, is unencrypted. Attackers can easily access and modify such data.
Non-HTTPS connections are particularly dangerous for websites transmitting sensitive information, such as login data and billing forms, as man-in-the-middle attackers may intercept your password, login session, cookies, and credit card data which are being sent over such network.
If you still haven’t deployed an SSL certificate to protect your website, visible ‘Not Secure’ notification may scare away visitors.
What can I do? Upgrade your website to HTTPS!
Enable HTTPS, also known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), if you want to provide a secure link to your visitors and meet the criteria set by Google. This technology automatically encrypts all information sent to and from your server. Using HTTP blocks attackers from accessing any sensitive data and makes visitors feel safer when browsing your website knowing that their connection is protected by a security certificate.
6 reasons why you should enable HTTPS on your website
- HTTPS improves Google and SEO positioning
- HTTPS enhances website security and privacy
- HTTPS increases credibility and customer trust
- HTTPS improves website speeds because HTTP2 performs faster than HTTP
- HTTPS ensures secure browsing over public Wi-Fi networks
Enabling HTTPS on your website is very easy. All you need is a good SSL certificate. Entrust Datacard provides secure and reliable certificates, tailored to the needs of each individual and organization. For more information please visit their official website.
More information on the newest changes in Google Chrome 68 can be found here.