Starting July 2018, the Google Chrome web browser will mark all websites that don’t use HTTPS, as not secure. In doing so, Google compels website owners and web developers to speed up the shift to the safer HTTPS.

What is really changing in Chrome?

Visitors of an HTTP-website will receive a clear message that the website is not secure. The Chrome-browser already placed such a warning on HTTP-pages which contained entry fields or when a visitor visited such a website in incognito mode. Now that will happen for the entire website.

If you stick to HTTP, all your visitors using a Chrome browser (which is the majority right now) will be confronted with a safety warning, starting July 2018. Not ideal for your reputation. So high time to shift to HTTPS.

Firefox is waiting a little longer

The Firefox browser already displays a green closed lock in the address bar when an HTTPS-page is visited. When a non-HTTPS page that requires a password is visited, it displays a grey lock that is struck through by a red line. It also shows a clear in-context warning on non-HTTPS pages. When the user clicks on a login or password field, they will see the grey, struck through lock. Next to the field the warning “This connection is not secure. Data you enter here can be intercepted.” is displayed. Firefox confirmed earlier that it would be even stricter in the future. But right now it doesn’t seem to follow Chrome’s timing (yet).

Back to basics: What is HTTPS?

The HTTPS-protocol replaces the HTTP-protocol and provides a secure connection between your website and your visitor’s browser. This means that a visitor is certain your website is authentic and that the data he or she fills in on your website can’t be intercepted.

How do I make sure my website has HTTPS?

To secure your website with HTTPS, you need an SSL-certificate. Such a certificate encrypts the data traffic between your visitor’s web browser and your server. To know which certificate suits your needs best, read up on the subject in our blogpost (in Dutch): “Which SSL certificate is best for securing your website?”

So why do I need to buy such an SSL certificate?

Because it provides better security for your website and protects the privacy of your visitors better. And now it shows it very visually. So don’t wait any longer and order the right SSL certificate online.

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