Google set to shame unencrypted websites

25th November 2016

Tech and privacy experts applaud Google's future plans to penalise website for not using secure channels...

Technology giant Google chrome is getting serious about online security, threatening to flag unencrypted websites as insecure in the web browser’s next update, according to their latest blog post.

This upcoming change emphasises the corporation’s opinions that the web of the future should all be encrypted, and that all sites should be served over HTTPS instead of the usual not-so-safe HTTP web protocol.

Currently, chrome displays a green padlock when a site is safe and nothing if the site doesn’t have safety precautions in place. Chrome 56, which is set to launch in January 2017, will visibly mark HTTP websites as ‘not secure’ in a window next to the address bar.

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This is good news for users as it means sensitive data that websites collect such as password and bank account details will be secure and not vulnerable to attackers, as websites may feel like they have no choice but to adapt to the future plans. On the other hand, it’s bad news for companies, especially ones with eCommerce websites, that don’t always understand the implications of online security and may not even be aware of Google’s latest change. The flagging of websites like this could put customers off and make the company seem illegitimate or ‘dodgy’.

There’s no word yet on whether Internet Explorer and other browsers will jump on the bandwagon, but we’ll keep you updated. 

In order to gain HTTPS on your website, you need an SSL certificate, this enables the padlock and the HTTPS protocol on your site and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. To find out more about Google’s changes, or if you’d like our help in securing your site, give us a call on 01924 280876 and speak to one of our web experts.

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