July is shaping up to be a big month for Google. Earlier this month, the company announced its Speed Update set to roll out in July, and recently announced it will then also mark all sites that have not migrated to HTTPS as “not secure.”
For most companies, this isn’t a huge deal. However for business owners that rely on other companies to manage their websites or if they manage the websites themselves. It could be problematic if they aren’t aware of the switch.
A lot of people must be wondering, “what do they mean not secure?”. It basically means, your computers connection to the computer where your website lives in insecure.
Every website that doesn’t have an SSL certificate installed by the deadline in July, will have a screen pop up saying that their connection isn’t private. Check out the images below. Imagine what that could do to your traffic? We want to make sure everyone is able to stay ahead of the curve and doesn’t let this happen to their business.
This all comes on the heals of the Google Chrome 68 update.
Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
HTTP vs HTTPS?
HTTP is just a regular connection from your computer to the server. The server is the computer where your website lives. This connection is open by default (http), allowing other people to see what’s going on and steal information. This is a problem when you enter any of your information on a website. Not just credit card information, but your name, e-mail, phone number. Any basic information. One of the goals of this update is making it painfully obvious to users that HTTP websites are insecure.