PSA: Starting October, Google Will Show Security Warnings On Non-SSL Sites. Is Your Site Safe?

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One of my clients recently forwarded me this startling Email from Google:

“Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.

The following URLs on your site include text input fields (such as < input type="text" > or < input type="email" >) that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, so that you can take action to help protect users’ data. This list is not exhaustive.”Google

Basically, if your Website has a form that accepts any kind of user information such as Emails or names…even just simple comment forms…your visitors will be served with a “This Website is not Secure” message. That is, unless you install an SSL certificate.

Google went on to state in the Email that the new warning is part of a long term plan to mark all pages served over HTTP as “not secure”.

What does this mean for most business owners?

It means that if you do not have an SSL encryption certificate installed on your Website (when you visit your site, do you see http or https in the URL bar? You want HTTPS).

Unsure of what the warning will look like, but this is what similar warnings currently look like.

The solution is to invest in an SSL certificate with me, which includes FREE installation.

Simply choose an SSL certificate here and then send me an Email with your log-in information so that I can configure it for you.


PS This isn’t something to put off. This change is taking place in October. If you are still serving your Website over HTTP by then, your visitors will all receive a warning, confusing them and potentially turning them away from the site.