Google Chrome to Warn Web Users of HTTP-Only Sites

5 July 2018| Post by Szymon2 minutes


If your website is not currently secured over HTTPS, listen up. It’s time to get serious about securing your site, thanks to Google Chrome.

Ah, Google. The leaders of pretty much everything web-related. Whatever Google says, goes. And there’s nothing any of us can do about it. So, we thought it was only right that we update you all on the latest news to come out of the Google Security Blog. And it’s all about encryption (fun!).

Google Chrome is making the web more secure

According to their blog post back in February, the team behind Google Chrome are launching a new initiative to help keep the web ‘secure’. If you’ve already got an SSL certificate on your site, then not to worry – you’re all set!   What that means is that your website has an extra layer of security (an SSL certificate) meaning users know that they’re protected when they visit you. And when you’ve got this extra security, Chrome shows your site as ‘Secure’ with that little green lock icon.

However, any websites that haven’t actively set this up, use HTTP. Until now, websites would simply be shown without the green ‘Secure’ certificate. From the beginning of July, Google Chrome is clamping down on this. The browser is now going one step further, labelling websites without HTTPS as ‘Not secure’.

via Google Security Blog

What can you do?

As we said if you’ve got HTTPS encryption, great. You don’t need to do anything. But if you’re still stuck in an HTTP world, you might want to take action soon. Aside from the whole Google Chrome labelling thing, you’ll see a whole host of benefits from having an SSL certificate:

  • Increased position on Google (obviously, it favours more secure sites)
  • Better conversion rates
  • Increase in security for your website’s users (also great if you’re still thinking about GDPR)
  • More confidence for your customers
  • Better web page performance

Have we convinced you?

If you’re thinking about getting an SSL certificate for your website and upgrading to HTTPS, you’re on the right path. We can do this for you and you won’t even have to lift a finger (apart from to call us, or something, probably). Get in touch with us to see how we can help keep your website secure and up-to-date!


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