Our Internet overlords over at Google Search Console have begun sending out warnings to sites that have not yet migrated to HTTPS.
Beginning October 2017, your website will receive a warning if your non-secure pages contain password or credit card input fields. The warning will be in the form of a “Not Secure” red alert in your URL bar, like so:
Google Chrome version 61 is in beta, and this warning will become commonplace in version 62. Websites with insecure HTTP connections will be labeled to warn users that their passwords and credit card data may be compromised. All HTTP pages in Google Chrome incognito mode will trigger the warning.
SSL for HTTPS
E-commerce websites without an authorized SSL certificate will be in jeopardy of having customers turn away from their online business.
This will affect a wide chunk of the internet, including many popular sites. A recent Google transparency report revealed that 79 of the top 100 websites still don’t deploy HTTPS. As you can see, since that report last year, many have made the switch.
HTTPS is a secure encryption that layers HTTP on top of cryptographic protocol Secure Sockets Layers (SSL), which supplys additional security to standard HTTP communications. SSL certificates are necessary for e-commerce sites, because of the secure transmission of sensitive information like credit card numbers, personal information, and login accounts.
Online merchants have a responsibility to make sure no one can access and misuse your customers’ private information. If you are storing credit card information in a database on your website so you can manually charge it later, then you need an SSL certificate to secure the credit card data stored on your server. If your business has any sort of log-in form where customers enter a username and password, then get an SSL certificate.
Luckily your pal HostDime is here so your customers will never see a warning on your page. HostDime has partnered with Comodo for SSL certificates starting at only $30.
The Comodo SSL certificates include domains validated, quick issuance, unlimited re-issues, 30 day refund, $10,000 warranty, 99.3% browser compatibility, and 128/256 bit Encyption.
For a comprehensive list of differences between the different types of SSL certificates, follow this guide.
If you are a current HostDime client, you can utilize this Resource Guide to order SSLs within Core directly.
Jared Smith is HostDime’s Content Strategist.