Google has sent a warning for NON HTTPS WEBSITES.
For many years Google have wanted websites to have an SSL certificate.
So lets firstly explain what is SSL.
SSL allows websites to be accessed over HTTPS, rather than HTTP which basically means it encrypts information sent between the visitor and web server.
When purchasing an SSL certificate and setting it up on a website this displays a padlock image and says it is SECURE.
It has been recorded in the past that Google has blacklisted websites with password fields and credit card forms on websites for completing online that were NON HTTPS.
Now the new version GOOGLE CHROME no 62 has been released we have tested it on a website with an enquiry form that is only HTTP and it displays a WARNING – NOT SECURE.
This is the same for a log in page to the websites admin or a page that has a search box.
This isn’t conclusive yet but many SEO specialists are saying this is a step toward blacklisting sites that take any text input through forms and admin log ins if the website has no SSL.
SEO specialists also think that having HTTPS set up will be of benefit when it comes to ranking in searches even at the moment.
So if search engine ranking is important to you then it will be worth doing having your web design set up in this way for that reason alone.
Naturally as more sites adopt SSL, the remaining websites will be coerced into implementing an SSL so it is a matter of when rather than if.
Users don’t always notice the “Not Secure” warnings. But the onus will be on service providers and website owners to protect their users from unknowingly sending sensitive information to their servers and Google seems to have decided now is the time.
Is Your Site Affected?
The answer is YES if:
Your website has an enquiry form, has a search box or has a log in to an admin area.
How to Get an SSL
We can supply an SSL certificate and set it up on the website.
This might not always be as simple as implementing it. The website links throughout the site have to be checked to make sure they are now linking to a page thats is HTTPS rather than as previously being HTTP
If one link is incorrect Google will not give the padlock and secure message.
Ideally you should always verify your website with Google through a Google webmaster tools account. You may have one set up, if so you will need to re verify the account using the HTTPS version. If we have search engine optimised your website for you we may have done this for you.
Alternatively if you don’t have a Google webmaster tools account already and you would also like us to get the website verified in this way please let us know and we can do this for you.
We must point out SSL does not mean the website is totally secure. While the point of HTTPS is to keep the visitor’s information secure in transit, SSL doesn’t do anything to protect the website from being hacked.
However we see this as a first step in educating website owners that websites need to be monitored and updated. They do need action taken on them on a daily basis and this may be the start to implementing full security measures that will eventually make it harder to hack the average website.