Starting January 2017, Google Chrome browsers, which account for 60% of all website visitors, will start marking your website pages that collect personal information, such as forms or credit cards, as non-secure if they are not accessed via HTTPS. Google says this is part of a long-term plan to mark all (HTTP) websites as non-secure.
If your website is not accessible via HTTPS (ex. https://yourwebsite.org) then pages like forms that collect data will display to the user very clearly in the browser as “Not Secure” This may reflect badly on your organization.
The Google Chrome browser will inform users about unsafe pages.
An illustration in a Google Security blog post on 9-8-16 showing the new Chrome warning.
Even more importantly Google is moving towards displaying a more prominent “Not Secure” warning message with a red triangle for any non HTTPS pages across your entire website.
An illustration in a Google Security blog post on 9-8-16 showing the future Chrome warning.
You can read the full article from Google’s blog, Moving towards a more secure web.
The writing has been on the wall.
A few years ago, Google came out with a search engine update that would give more weight in the search engine results pages (SERP) to websites that encrypted their data. In other words, sites that use an SSL certificate and serve their website vis HTTPS have the potential to outrank non-secure websites.
If you know anything about Google, you know that their focus is on the end user. This push towards a more secure and positive user experience is Google's ultimate goal and will benefit you as a user and as a website owner.
What is an SSL Certificate and why do you need one?
SSL is a secure protocol used to protect data through encryption between two machines, such as your computer and the website you visit. Without SSL encryption, hackers can more easily steal your personal information such as passwords, credit card information, and any personal information submitted through a website. Ensuring that your website has an SSL certificate and that it serves pages via HTTPS will make sure you and your user’s information is safe.
How do you get an SSL for your website?
BackOffice can help you with obtaining your new SSL certificate and its installation and configuration. SSL certificates are created and issued by trusted companies who confirm that your organization is real and that your website is actually yours. You and your organization will provide information that confirms your organization’s identity. Common identifiers are company emails, business EIN numbers, your physical address, phone number, etc.
At BackOffice we support initiatives that make your website more secure. You can start protecting your website and your user’s privacy by installing a secure socket layer certificate (SSL Certificate) on your website today. In addition to an SSL certificate, you may also request a security review of your website if you are not already part of our monthly maintenance and security plan.
Call BackOffice Thinking today at 610-709-6570 or send us a message and we will assist you with the security of your website.