Google Chrome 70 release this week will give some website owners a headache. Internet privacy and security has been prominent the past few years especially with the numerous data breaches and website hackings. Google is one company that is clamping down on web security and not secure websites. Back in May Google issued a warning that sites using HTTP were going to be labeled as non-secure.
When a website is non-secure in Chrome it will show a warning symbol and not-secure text in red. Sometimes a warning will be shown in the browser window preventing you to access the site. If a website is secure you’ll see a green lock next to the web address in most browsers.
Google wants all sites using HTTPS with a proper SSL certificate. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP. This security comes in play between the browser and the internet and information that is exchanged between them.
“The importance of using secure communications, like SSL encryption, on the internet in today’s world cannot be understated”, says Nick Hendler Owner and lead programmer at Kryptronic. “Google should be commended for using tools like their Chrome browser to push for better security by warning users when they visit sites not secured by SSL.” Kryptronic is an eCommerce software and managed web hosting provider.
About a year ago Google announced that all Symantec SSL certifications that were granted could all have a potential security flaw. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, another layer of security between the browser and the server that is being accessed.
Over 60% of web users use Google Chrome as their browser. This poses a problem for anyone who owns a website, especially those who handle e-commerce and sell items on their site.[caption id="attachment_196" align="alignnone" width="800"] Infographic Source: Global Stats Browser Market Share World Wide, Created with Visme by Frank Stanley[/caption]
“Back in July, a good customer of mine called in about my site being marked as non-secure. He thought it had been hacked” Justin Skaggs of Woodlacrossesticks states. “I was worried customers were going to be turned away by the warnings and that I could lose business, so I contacted my web developer right away to make the full switch to HTTPS with SSL.”
Google Chrome 70 releasing this week the rest of the websites with Symantec SSL certificates and sites with HTTP will be all marked as not-secure. Those who own a site should make sure their site is safe as soon as possible For website owners here is a way to check if your website is secure.
Article Posted: 07/31/2021 12:47:08 PM