For the past year Google Chrome has starting to recognize sites more and more that are secure, meaning they use the https in front of the domain name instead of the normal http.
Https websites are using an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate that is installed on their webserver. These certificates are validated by companies like Trust or Comodo and ensures encryption.
From July, Google Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure,” according to a blog post published by Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter.
Chrome currently displays a neutral information icon, but starting with version 68, the Chrome browser will warn users with an extra notification in the address bar. Chrome currently marks HTTPS-encrypted sites with a green lock icon and “Secure” sign.
What does that mean for my website?
This could mean your website will start seeing lesser visitors as your visitors might not trust your website.
The following examples show the difference.
Secure with https
Not secure with http
From July this will change into the following
As you can see from the above this will not only look unprofessional, but it also could lose you customers. Beside being secure, https also has a little influence on your SEO rankings, although not confirmed 100% this may affect your search engine ranking.
What can i do to make sure my website is secure?
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