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Google Chrome “Secure by Default” Deadline Approaching

HTTP = “Not Secure” in Google Chrome

Ignore this if your site has HTTPS

Google Chrome is changing the way they display websites starting on Sunday, July 1. If you don’t currently have an SSL Certificate on your domain and you decide to keep it that way, your website visitors will get warnings that your site is not secure.

Interested in the source? Google’s Security Blog “A secure web is here to stay

For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as “not secure”. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version:

==> Google is buffing up security requirements for all websites.

==> This goes into effect Sun, Jul 1, 2018.

==> If you don’t have an SSL Certificate, your visitors will get a more aggressive “site not secure” message starting on Jul 1 than they have in the past.

You can read the whole article on their blog.

Decided to get an SSL Certificate?

If we host your site, we can help you get an SSL Certificate set up & installed. Usually, this is a quick process, but if you have a lot of hardcoded content, it may be more time-consuming.

Relevant Terms

A security certificate that covers one domain name and an unlimited number of its subdomains.

See also: SSL Certificate

A security certificate that a) meets global standards and b) enables encrypted communication between a web browser and a web server.

"SSL" is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer.

Usually utilized to decrease the risk of sensitive information (credit card numbers, account names, passwords, etc) from being stolen or tampered with, SSL certificates also authenticate a website's identity while encrypting any data being transmitted.

Types of SSL Certificates:

  • Single SSL
  • Wildcard SSL
  • Multi-Domain SSL

Levels of Validation:

  • Domain Validation
  • Organization Validation
  • Extended Validation

A security certificate that secures one fully-qualified domain name or subdomain name.

See also: SSL Certificate

A security certificate that secures multiple domain names.

See also: SSL Certificate

The people / users who are intended to view or use your website content. A website can have multiple audiences, so it is ideal to have easy-to-find content customized for each audience.

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