Posted on June 08, 2019

Browser URL window showing non secure addressUh-oh!

Anyone who visits your website and sees that "Not Secure" warning is going to be out of there - in a hurry!

But wait a minute … it's your same old website! What happened?

Well, nothing. It's Google that changed. Google Chrome now shows the "Not Secure" warning for all non-https sites. And, if you do use https, a green padlock will show in Chrome and Firefox.

“We’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web,” Google said in a blog post.

In order to get rid of the warning and achieve a green padlock you'll need to acquire and install an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. Your web host can help you with this.

The benefits from this upgrade are:

  • Practically unhackable encryption of data between our server and the end user. Although the average site does not require this level of security, the more site owners secure their sites, the safer environment the world wide web will be.
  • Search engine rankings take into account the use of https and penalize your site if your site doesn’t have it.
  • If visitors see the “Not Secure” notice, they may not want to use your site as they may perceive it to not be secure.

It used to be that only those collecting payment for products and services sold on their websites needed this, but now everyone should be doing this upgrade.

Have you made the switch to https?