The Google Chromes July 2018 deadline is looming – make sure you take the proper steps to ensure your site isn’t affected.
Google search engine’s browser, Google Chrome, has already released several Non-HTTPS not secure warnings. The new Chrome’s warning is expected to be released in the nearest future. Now, we would like to give you more details on each of Chrome’s warnings.
– Chrome’s Non-HTTPS not secure warning. The warning for Linux, macOS and Windows was released on January 31 in 2017 and the warning for Android and iOS was released on February 1 in 2017. According to this warning, websites have to protect users’ credit card information and password input forms.
– Chrome’s Non-HTTPS not secure warning for incognito pages and text input. This warning was released in October 2017. This warning says that all types of text input fields (such as online forms, search text input and other types of pages that need to be viewed in a secure mode) have to be protected.
– Chrome’s Non-HTTPS not secure warning for all pages. This warning is going to be released in July 2018. According to this warning, an SSL certificate has to be installed on a website and each of its pages has to be properly protected.
If you know you don’t have an SSL, contact Finepoint Design to get an SSL installed.
Why It’s So Important to Have an SSL Certificate Installed on a Website
Would you like to make your website more secure? If you get serious about your website security, then you obviously need to have an SSL certificate installed on your website. An SSL certificate is known for being one of the most effective ways to protect the data of your site’s users from hackers.
It’s fair to say that installing an SSL certificate on a website means moving to more secure Internet.
Today, we’ll talk about the importance of having an SSL certificate installed on a website. First of all, we’ll explain to you what exactly HTTPS is and why you need to have an SSL certificate installed on your website.
Then, we’ll tell you about Chrome’s non HTTPS not secure warnings. Hopefully, this article will help you understand the most important benefits of having an SSL certificate installed on a website.
What is HTTPS?
Once you install an SSL certificate on your website, users will be able to connect your website through HTTPs (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure). What does it mean? Let’s assume that you’ve visited a website with HTTPs.
In this case, a secure encrypted connection over the Internet will be established between you and your browser.
Obviously, you don’t need to install an SSL certificate on informational websites (particularly if people don’t need to register accounts and don’t need to login on a site).
People come to this type of websites just to read the necessary information. So, there is nothing that needs to be protected. However, it’s incredibly important to protect sites where people need to register online and create accounts.
In this case, you need to install an SSL certificate to protect login forms that require passwords on a website.
As you can see, an SSL certificate / HTTPS is enabled on websites like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Actually, this list could go on and on. Without a doubt, websites of this type have to be protected properly.
That means you can register an account, provide payment details and buy products (or services) at a website that has been protected with an SSL certificate. Actually, you don’t need to worry about the security if you visit a website with HTTPs.
Even if the worst happens and hackers get your encrypted personal data, they will be able to do nothing with them. Bellow, we’ll outline the key benefits of having an SSL certificate installed on a website.
Why Do You Need HTTPS?
– HTTPS makes a website more secure. It goes without saying that HTTPS is a must for a website that sells products (or services) online and collects credit cards information of customers. If you accept payments on your online shopping website, then your responsibility is to protect the payment details of buyers.
– HTTPS allows website owners to establish trust with users and increase site’s conversion. You probably know that it can be very difficult to attract the target audience to a website. First and foremost, you have to attract the right type of traffic to your site. After that, you have to turn your website traffic into sales.
It’s important to know that the vast majority of online buyers choose to ensure that a website comes with HTTPS prior to making a purchase.
So, your prospects will hardly choose to buy your products or services if they figure out that your website is not protected with an SSL certificate.
On the other hand, people will trust your business and most likely will decide to order your products or services if they find that your site comes with HTTPS.
– HTTPS makes it possible for business owners to improve site’s SEO. It’s no surprise that search engine optimization is not about the quantity of links and using keywords on a website too many times. It’s worth noting that the today’s search engine optimization is all about user experience.
In other words, you need to make your website more user-friendly if you would like to improve your search engine rankings.
An SSL certificate will definitely contribute greatly to your site’s security and, therefore, user experience. However, the most important thing is that having an SSL certificate installed on a website will positively affect your search engine rankings.
Keep in mind that HTTPS has already become a ranking signal for Google and if you have questions about how this might affect you, be sure to contact a website expert to prevent any loss in traffic from an easily preventable issue.