Got an SSL certificate for your site? Today is D-Day!

If your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate (the green padlock in the address bar of your web browser) then from today (24th July 2018) your users may be seeing a message that could make your business look less than professional.

From 24th July 2018, one of the most popular web browsers, Google Chrome, will start to display a notice on all sites that don’t have a security certificate in place. In Chrome’s address bar there will be a message that reads “Not secure”.

 

HTTPs changes - image showing what Chrome will look like if no SSL certificate is set up

 

This new message definitely won’t inspire confidence in your users. There’s a good reason for Google highlighting the fact that websites don’t have a security certificate: any data that your users send to your site is sent unencrypted and could technically be intercepted on its way across the web. If you’re collecting any sort of sensitive data on your website then having an SSL certificate is even more important.

The problem is easily solved by installing an SSL certificate. This doesn’t have to be an expensive process as free certificates are available from organisations like LetsEncrypt.

Google are taking the lead on encouraging websites to secure their websites with SSL certificates and it’s only a matter of time before Firefox, Safari and IE follow suit.

All of Ombush Media’s client websites come with an SSL certificate as standard and won’t be affected by the new message in Google Chrome.

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