Google Chrome on a Mission for Security
A new buz topic has been spreading like wild fire among the blogging community. Chrome is cracking down on keeping internet users safe from prying servers. Emails have been sent out notifying those with websites that several of their pages will be marked as “Not secure” if they do not have an SSL/TLS certificate installed for the HTTPS protocol.
Google first rolled out some subtle changes back in January of this year as they are attempting to make Chrome a safer place for browsers. These initial changes did not affect the majority of the blogging community as it only applied to pages that collected sensitive information such as credit cards and personal data. This, however, was just phase one to their overall plan.
The newest changes that are scheduled to take place in October of this year have a much bigger impact on content-based websites. Chrome version 62 will give the “Not secure” browser warning every time any type of data is typed on a webpage that does not have HTTPS. This includes emails, comments, and search bars.
Along with pages that collect any form of data, users who are browsing with the Incognito mode will also recieve the “Not secure” notification in their browser when on HTTP. This is because these users are usually expecting a higher level of privary but if they are on HTTP then it is not private to others on the network.
Whether these changes affect your website or not, it is still recommended that you get an SSL/TLS Certificate installed on your server because this is just phase two of their extensive security plan and soon, all HTTP pages, even outside Incognito mode, will show the “Not secure” warning.
Switching your site to HTTPS has become a lot easier due to the demand for online security. You can check out our post here on some of the steps you will want to take when making this change.
Here at Orange Geek, we offer SSL Certificates included in all of our hosting packages. This is a scary step for some, but it does not need to be. When installing the certificate on your server, we take care of all the configuration needed to make sure your site and all of its redirects are as they should be. You will need to communicate with your ad provider about the switch and update your Google Tools and Analytics but you can leave the rest to us. If you have any questions about SSL Certificates or would like to schedule a time to get one installed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.