Avoid a not secure website warning

Act now to avoid a not secure website warning on your site.

From July, Google Chrome browsers will begin to flag every website that does not use HTTPS encryption as “not secure”. The not secure website warning will be prominent in the URL bar like this:

Not secure website warning

For some time, Google has been marking all HTTP sites with data entry fields or those that asked for passwords and credit cards as not secure. With the launch of Chrome 68 in July, every HTTP site will be flagged as not secure whether it includes input fields or not.

If you’re an Apple user, you may have already noticed that the latest version of Apple’s browser, Safari 11.1 (released at the end of March for iOS and macOS), is alerting you to HTTP sites with a “Website Not Secure” warning.

What is HTTP and HTTPS?

To understand the difference between HTTP and HTTPS we recommend you read our earlier blog post on this subject, which you can find here.

To change a website from HTTP to HTTPs you need to install an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate on your website.

Why is the website warning important?

Whether your website collects personal details and bank card details or not, the not secure website warning is going to put website visitors off browsing your site. With so much media hype around cyber security are you going to navigate a website that is shouting “not secure” at you?

Also, sites that don’t have SSL feature lower in Google rankings than sites which do.

What to do now?

If you don’t have an SSL certificate on your website, we suggest you get one quick! You will be able to do this through your web host. There may be an additional annual charge, but unfortunately, you have little choice.