Attention all website owners – Yes, all owners of any kind of websites such as blogs, businesses of any size, government bodies and agencies, social networking, etc. Chrome is going to change your life!

Google is looking at making all websites secure, and with this month’s (July 2018) rolling out of Chrome 68, it will literally show all Chrome users that the website is not secure, if they happen to land on one without SSL enabled. Google Chrome is slapping owners with unsecure websites on their hands – this is great for viewers but not for businesses with websites without security.

Google promotes a secure web by strongly advocating that every websites should adopt the HTTPS encryption. With the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “Not secure”. It’s harsh but true. This move began last year when Chrome started marking all HTTP-only web pages with forms as insecure, that includes HTTP-only websites accessed through their incognito Window. Within a year, Chrome saw an increase of traffic to HTTPS websites by:

  • 68% in Android and Windows desktop and devices
  • 78% in Mac and Chrome OS desktop and devices

Statistics also show that 81 of the top 100 websites use HTTPS security by default.

No one can run away or hide from these changes, as Google Chrome is the most popular browser on desktops and mobile devices. Chrome attracts 60% of all internet traffic in the world, so it beneficial for website owners to get onto HTTPS.

Even if your website is an information-based website, one that does not accept or process payments or information, you will still need HTTPS encryption for your best interest. Google is ensuring that all websites must have SSL installed – it is their new standard to make the web more secure.

A great advantage for having SSL is that it allows your website to perform better by operating over the HTTP/2 which improves website load time by up to 40%. SSL is especially important for sites that collect sensitive information from their visitors, and visitors are always looking out  for that green lock in the address bar before putting through personal, sensitive or important information.

Website security is critical for website owners and visitors.

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