With the release of Chrome v62 this week, Google began marking HTTP pages with text input fields - like contact forms and search bars - as “Not Secure”.
Websites with any kind of text input now require an SSL Certificate if they want to remove the “Not Secure” warning in the address bar.
For owners to secure the information being shared between their visitors and their web server, they must start incorporating an SSL Certificate. Failing to do this is risky for both parties: sites that allow the sending of information in clear text may also allow its exposure through the Internet.
Passwords and credit cards are naturally the most important data to keep private, but ideally no data that users type into websites should be accessible to others on the network. Chrome 62 will thus show the “Not secure” warning when users type data into HTTP sites.
Eventually ALL HTTP:// pages will be marked as "Not Secure".
Google isn’t giving out a date when Chrome will label all HTTP pages as non-secure. But when it does, the HTTP security indicator will be changed to the red triangle that is currently used for broken HTTPS pages.
Is Your Site Affected?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Does your site take any text input? This includes contact forms, search bars, login forms, newsletter subscription forms, etc.
Is your website using HTTP:// in the address bar?
If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, you need to implement SSL immediately to avoid showing a “Not Secure” warning in visitor’s browsers. You should also then force HTTPS throughout your site to avoid having users accidentally access the non-encrypted version of your site.
How do I get an SSL Certificate?
The normal way to get SSL is to purchase a certificate online and then either get a web developer to install it for you, or install it yourself if you are confident with such work. You then pay to renew the certificate once a year.
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