Google’s latest update will mark all HTTP websites as ‘Not Secure’

Google intends to encourage sites to introduce the latest web technology. In February, google announced that they’ve ‘moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption.’ In July, these intentions came into action with Google Chrome’s latest update.

What exactly is an SSL Certificate?

Simplified, an SSL Certificate is a secure connection between a website and a visitor’s browser. If a website asks for personal data or accepts payments, then an SSL is definitely needed. An SSL protects the data supplied, making it tougher for web browsing to be intercepted. With this update Google Chrome pushes all websites to adopt this new security measure.

Millions of Chrome users are now being told their browsing may be unsafe

Visitors encountering a HTTP site will now see a flag next to the domain name in the top address bar. Additionally, Google warns users to refrain from entering any personal information due to the risk of data theft. An SSL certificate will give a green lock in the address bar making it secure and trustworthy for visitors.

HTTPS usage has already made incredible progress

  • Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
  • Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
  • 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

This continued effort to bring encryption to everyone means a higher security level for browsing.

How can I secure my website?

Obtaining an SSL certificate can sound easy but can become a daunting task if not done correctly. You can acquire a free 90 day SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt and install it on your hosting account manually. If you’re not as technically minded, the team at Hixon Group can help with a time saving solution that gives you peace of mind and a fully secure website. Contact us for more information or any questions you might have.

Author: Jonathan Lawton

With almost a decade’s experience of successfully, supporting, designing and delivering innovative web development projects worldwide I now focus on providing leadership to help customers shape business and technology strategy.

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