Around January 31st of this year, version 56 of the Chrome web browser will be released to the public. There is a dramatic change in the way it displays websites that do not use HTTPS, which is also known as an SSL. This change may cause confuse your site visitors or yourself if you are not expecting it and prepared for the changes.
After the release of Chrome 56, websitse that are not running HTTPS will have a “Not Secure” message appear in the location bar on pages that collect passwords or credit cards.
This may deter site visitors who use your website as they may interpret the “Not secure” warning message to indicate that your website has been compromised and not safe to use. They could also think that your site has some security issue other than being non-HTTPS.
How Does This Affect My Website?
If you do not adapt to these new changes from google the amount of conversions on your website could decrease as people are less likely to use the website if it isn’t trusted and secure which also effects your customers perception of the company. Not having the appropriate certificate on your website will also effect Search Engine Optimisation and your Google page rankings.
What Do I Need To Do?
To avoid any issues with these changes and to keep your website secure it is important that you get the appropriate SSL certificate on your website you would need to transfer your website and content over be served over SSL. There are 3 types of certificates available:
Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates –
available for all types of businesses, including government entities and both incorporated and unincorporated businesses. A second set of guidelines, the EV Audit Guidelines, specify the criteria under which a CA needs to be successfully audited before issuing EV SSL Certificates. The audits are repeated yearly to ensure the integrity of the issuance process.
Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificates –
The CA checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name PLUS it conducts some vetting of the organization. Additional vetted company information is displayed to customers when clicking on the Secure Site Seal, giving enhanced visibility in who is behind the site and associated enhanced trust.
Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificates –
where the CA checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name. No company identity information is vetted and no information is displayed other than encryption information within the Secure Site Seal.
You would also need to redirect all HTTP URLs across to secure HTTPS URLs, then submit a new SiteMap to webmaster tools.
Need Help or Advice?
Don’t worry if all this seems a little daunting. We can install and manage this process for you at minimal cost to your business. Don’t hesitate to contact our team, to discuss the best route to getting your site switched to a secure connection and removing the not secure warning for our visitors.