07 Feb Chrome now displays a warning for unencrypted websites!
With over 1 billion users, Chrome is one of the largest and a very popular web browser. It is one of the top three best browsers you can get and has a 52% market share. This means that it is highly likely that your website will be viewed on a Chrome browser by your visitors.
Recently Google, (the maker of Chrome), announced that it wants everything on the web to use encryption. To do this, in a recent update to Chrome, they will include a new warning for unencrypted login sites and also show websites that take “Contact Us” information as “not secure”.
This could be really bad for your website’s reputation. If an individual visits your website and then gets a warning that you are not secure, they will probably leave the site and not trust the content or engage with your brand.
But why is this so serious? Why is Google doing this? Well, as mentioned, they want all internet traffic to be secure, especially login pages or when an email and names are sent over the internet. We here at Spectrum IT agree with this practice. On an unencrypted connection (when there is no https:// in front of your domain) messages are sent in clear text over the internet. This means that someone can sit on the network and capture the data that is typed into your website. Your visitors’ enquiries and other personal information can be easily intercepted, even passwords. The other way around is also true. When you load a website over Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), someone else can look at or even modify the site before it gets to you. This is also known as injecting malware.
With encryption (https), the site traffic is encrypted between the user’s browser and the server where the information is hosted (your web hosting provider). This means that when someone enters information on your form, or logs into your website via your login page, the information is encrypted before it is sent over the internet.
Now, nothing is 100% secure. Installing a SSL on your website to make it secure is not the only thing that will protect it. Good web design and coding, and the security of the web hosting server where it is located, all play a part. But from a public point of view, it will create confidence for your visitors when they see your website is encrypted.
So what should I do?
To buy a SSL is not that difficult, however you will need help if you do not understand how to install them. The type of SSL you need will be determined by the type of website you have? Is it a blog, or just a general portfolio website? The cost also varies according to your security needs.
Feel free to contact us here at Spectrum IT. We can offer you free advice on the type of SSL you will need for your website. As part of our commitment we will offer a free basic SSL to everyone that moves their hosting over to us. If you are a current customer with us, please contact us today and we will also pass on this free SSL offer to you. Please note that this SSL is not suitable for e-commerce websites. If you take payments on your website, you will need a more secure SSL for your website.
We look forward to speaking with you soon!