Time is running out to secure your website and the information transmitted through it. The padlock displayed at the top of many websites indicating an SSL certificate is correctly installed is becoming even more important.
Websites with an SSL certificate begin with HTTPS and in Google Chrome, they look like this:
Websites without an SSL certificate begin with HTTP but this isn’t always visible, and in Google Chrome, they look like this:
If you’re already wondering why you should care, you’re exactly the person I’m talking to!
In July 2018 (yes, July this weekend!), Google are making a bold move to deter Google Chrome users from browsing or interacting with non-secure websites. With the release of Chrome 68 comes the new warning message on every HTTP site: Not Secure.
Firefox has already added the crossed out padlock, drawing attention to the lack of SSL, but Chrome’s cold words will torment security savvy visitors throughout their journey and maybe, they’ll start to seek out a secure alternative.
If you’re not familiar with the technical differences, in short:
Information you send over the internet is passed from computer to computer to reach the destination server. SSL encrypts the information you send (person details, payment information, purchases etc) so that it becomes unreadable to anybody but the intended destination server.
Here’s some more detail, if you’re interested enough.