14 Jun Is Your Website Secure ?
Chrome aims to ‘name and shame’ insecure websites from July.
Google has been trying to nudge users away from using unencrypted websites for many years. However, this is due to be the biggest move yet.
In 2015, Google started down-ranking unencrypted websites, and in the following year, a warning for unencrypted password fields was introduced.
From July, Google say they will label all HTTP sites as not secure in their Chrome browser. Currently, Chrome displays HTTPS sites with a green lock icon to the left of the address bar labelled as ‘Secure’. However, with this new version of Chrome, the browser aims to warn those with a notification within the address bar regarding the changes.
Google have claimed that the new interface of Chrome will help people to realise that HTTP websites are not secure. In addition to this, Google hopes to move the web towards a secure HTTPS.
How Does It Affect My Website and why is it being put into place?
HTTPS is responsible for protecting the channel connection from your browser to the website you are visiting. HTTPS ensures that no one can have an involvement with the traffic in the middle of this and can’t spy on what you are doing.
Not having this sort of encryption means that someone with access to your router or ISP or even any server on the internet that your data passes through could potentially intercept information sent to websites including passwords or can inject malware into legitimate web pages.
SEO can also be affected with these new regulations according to Google. Your search result rankings can be changed depending on the status of your site. Sites that are not secure should expect to be penalised in search rankings and a decrease in the visitor traffic they receive. This can, of course, affect your rankings against your competition.
This means that site owners that wish to ignore this guideline are at risk.
Why is it Happening?
Over 56 percent of the global browser market share from mobile and desktop belong to Google Chrome.
While many websites have already been updated, there are still many websites that are not bothering with the new improved data security levels.
In previous years, developers have been changing their websites to HTTPS, initially making the web safer for everyone in the long run. The progress throughout last year consisted of:
- Protecting over 68 percent of Chrome traffic on Android and Windows.
- Protecting over 78 percent of Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and Mac.
Due to this happening, 81 websites out of the 100 top websites now use HTTPS by default according to Google.
HTTPS is much easier and cheaper now. It unlocks improvements related to performance, and stronger, newer features that would have been too sensitive for HTTP to handle.
How Do I Fix This?
Setting up an SSL certificate and converting your website from HTTP to HTTPS does not need to be difficult. SSL certificates renew every year or every few years depending on which SSL certificate you choose. Your hosting may provide it free of charge.
Who your website host is will decide whether is it a quick and harmless change or not. Some hosts may charge you to add an SSL certificate and to enable HTTPS on your website. It is important to find out what your host covers and at what cost, if there is one.
How Can Poppy Design Studio Help?
Poppy Design Studio do not believe in charging extra for you to have a SSL certificate. We want every business owner to have their website as HTTPS. So our websites are always built in HTTPS format and our website hosting gives you a free SSL certificate.
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