Is your site still using HTTP? Get ready to see it marked as "Not Secure"

Any day now, Chrome version 62 will be released...

With the release of Chrome v62, Google will begin marking non-HTTPS pages with text input fields - like contact forms and search bars - and all HTTP websites viewed in Incognito mode as “NOT SECURE” in the address bar.

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Websites with any kind of text input will require an SSL Certificate if they want to avoid a “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".

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Google isn’t sharing exactly 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 panels, etc.

Is your website using HTTP:// in the address bar?

If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, you need to implement SSL to avoid showing a “Not Secure” warning in visitor’s browsers. You should also be forcing HTTPS on 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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