From October 2017, if your website is not secure (ie it is HTTP rather than HTTPS) then Google Chrome (version 62) will start showing warnings that it is “not secure” when users start to enter text on a form. Google said, “Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the ‘Not secure’ warning in two additional situations: when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.” You can find full details in this article on iseek.ie.
Where this might not be the only reason to consider ensuring your website is converted to HTTPS, we do hope that it is something that you review.
What is HTTPS?
HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure and ensures that all communications between your web browser and website are encrypted. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the technology that establishes an encrypted link between the web server and website allowing for the data to remain private.
If your website deals with financial data (credit card information etc) then you will need a SSL certificate. This means that users of your website and servers are safe in the knowledge that their data won’t be compromised.
Our article 3 Ways to Make Your Website Secure provides more tips.
What happens if you don’t have an HTTPS Website
Come October, if you haven’t converted to an HTTPS website then visitors will encounter a NOT SECURE message on pages with forms. If this was you, would you proceed to part with your private information with this security message displayed?
Chrome are the first to put this message up but many internet companies are pushing for better website security so no doubt will follow suit.
How North London IT Support Can Help
As it is inevitable that Chrome will start showing this message for all pages served over HTTP (according to this developers article on Google.com), when you are next looking at revamping your website or IT security, do make sure it is part of your upgrade plan.
North London IT Support can install the SSL certificate on your website and advise you on anything else you can do to keep your website secure.
Give us a call today on 020 3318 3011.