Google’s Chrome browser will soon flag every site that doesn’t use HTTPS encryption.

On July 1, 2018, websites that do not have an SSL Certificate will be flagged as insecure on Google Chrome browsers. Google wants a more secure web and is staging a multi-phase roll out of changes to its Chrome browser to encourage website owners to switch to HTTPS, also known as SSL. Click here to read Google’s official blog post about this topic.

The image below indicates the message users will see when they use Chrome to access a website that does not have an SSL certificate. This type of warning may easily be interpreted by visitors to mean that your site has been hacked or compromised affecting the perceived credibility of your website.

By converting your website to HTTPS, your visitors will see a GREEN indication that your site is secure, like this:

When an SSL certificate is installed on a website, it functions as a padlock and serves as a secure connection between the web server and browser. Even if a hacker were to somehow intercept your data, they won’t have the private key to decrypt it with an SSL installed.

If you are interested in having Louisville Geek ensure your website isn’t flagged, please fill out the form below and a Louisville Geek representative will contact you within 1 business day.