Beginning in January 2017, internet browsers such as Chrome have started marking pages that collect passwords or credit card details as “Not Secure” unless the pages are served over HTTPS using SSL Certificates.

Not Secure - browser message indicating the website does not use https

This may give your website visitors the impression that your website is not as security conscious as you could be, and may even turn them away from using your website. If you are running an e-commerce website then you should be using SSL Certificates to encrypt your data anyway. If your website stores other sensitive data such as user information or geo-location details then you should be considering encryption if you do not have it.

This change to internet browser notifications is a major step forward to the protection of data online and is a positive direction for any business with a website to take.

 

What should you do now?

If your website is displaying the 'Not Secure' message, you simply need to add an SSL Certificate to your website to encrypt your data and start using HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure).

The type of SSL Certificate available for your website will depend on the type of website you have and where you have your website hosted.

Contact us and we can investigate your setup and provider, then advise you on your different options. All SSL Certificates have an initial installation fee, however the Certificates themselves can range from free SSL Certificates with Let's Encrypt to Wildcard SSL Certificates which require regular renewal and cost $200+ per year.

 

In the future

Eventually, internet browsers such as Chrome intend to show a Not Secure warning for all website pages, regardless of whether or not the page contains sensitive input fields. Therefore, you should plan to migrate your websites to use SSL Certificates in your next budget or round of website enhancements - so you can tick this off and move onto more interesting website tasks!

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