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Beginning October 2017, Google’s web browser Chrome will start flagging websites that includes form fields as “NOT SECURE” if the page is not served via SSL HTTPS.

We hope you find the information below helpful understanding this critical change.

Who Does This Affect?

This affects all Google Chrome browser users and all website owners.

If I Do Not Secure My Website What Will Users See?

All Google has said is that a “NOT SECURE” message will be presented. This will most likely be the same as Chrome’s standard warning page for websites that do not have a valid SSL certificate. That warning screen is below.  You definitely DO NOT want your website visitors to view it.

Not Secure Web Page Warning

What is HTTPS?

HTTP is the connection type that links your web browser on your computer, phone , tablet or device to the website you are viewing. HTTPS adds a “secure” protocol to the process, encrypting the data so that personal information you submit will not be easily intercepted or compromised.

Does My Website Use Forms?

If your website has any type input fields it has a form. Examples are user login, search, contact information, commenting or collecting email addresses for a newsletter.

Is My Website Already Secured Using SSL?

VIsit your website using Chrome. Does a Lock icon appear? If so yes, your site is already protected. An example is below.

How Do I Secure My Website?

You can secure your site by installing a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate. Your web host or digtial agency should be able to help you with this step. Or, contact Webit365 if you need additional assistance. Call 719-900-1777

What If I Have Secure Certificate But My Site Isn’t Showing a SSL Green Status?

There are several reasons why you may not see the secure icon, even though you have a SSL certificate installed. Most common issues are improperly installed certificates and “mixed content” warnings. Those errors happen when some page elements are served via HTTP and others served via HTTPS. Check not only scripts and files linked on your site, but third party URLs and images as well. If you need help troubleshooting, let us know!

Should I Still Use HTTPS If I Don’t Use Forms?

Yes. Targeting websites with forms is the first step Google has said and eventually will be marking all HTTP pages as not secure. Firefox has also recently said it will being flagging sites that are not using SSL in Q4 of 2017. As data theft becomes more of a concern securing your sites data has become an absolute must in the digital age.