By Claude Mifsud, UX Developer & Technical Architect

Some of the big players in the web industry, including Google and Mozilla, are working hard to make the web more secure. HTTPS as a ranking signal has been used by Google for a few years, and now there’s a browser penalty, too. As from January 2017, browsers like Chrome and Firefox started displaying warnings if a website has form fields on a page without HTTPS. These warnings are now going to get more obvious, with the goal of everyone switching to secure websites.

How Chrome will treat HTTP pages starting from October 2017

Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the “Not secure” warning when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode. Eventually, these warnings will show on all HTTP pages, on all modern browsers.

On the other hand, if the page is encrypted and using HTTPS, a “Secure” notification, or a green padlock is displayed, as you can see in your browser’s url bar on our website. We have implemented encryption on this website and the ones we develop for our clients, making them more secure for the visitors, encrypting, and therefore protecting, the data that is sent between the browser and the server.

Switching to HTTPS

For those of you who haven’t made the switch to HTTPS, it’s now the time to do so. Your website will be more secure, and you won’t be passing information in plain text. Your search rankings should improve over time since it’s a ranking signal on major search engines, and your visitors won’t see browser warnings that might scare them off and head for your secure competitor.

We can help you make the switch, without any downtime to your website. Get in touch with us today for a more secure tomorrow.