Is your website considered secure by Google?

Updated Friday 3rd November 2017

 

From 27th October 2017 the Chrome browser (Chrome version 62) was rolling out an update which may adversely affect your website.

If you use Chrome to access the internet, you may have noticed a green padlock and the word “Secure” before some website addresses:

But now Google are upping their security protocols which will affect websites that do not have an SSL certificate. This Chrome update won’t just affect web pages with credit card or password forms, it will be all pages with forms. Indeed, it is expected that all pages will display the 'not secure' message in the near future.

To avoid having this potentially damaging warning, your website will require a SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer). If you are Rugby Web Design customer, don't worry, I have taken care of everything.

If you do not have an SSL certificate on your website, it will still display in Chrome, but with the "Not Secure" warning.

If your visitors see that your website is potentially unsafe, they will almost certainly hit the back button. With more than half of the UK using Chrome, this update may seriously affect your websites credibility and visitor numbers.

What should you do?

Speak to your web designer and politely ask why they have not been proactive with this! Not only does having an SSL certificate ensure a comforting 'Secure' symbol for your visitors, but this feature also improves the search engine rankings of your website.

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