Starting in July, Google Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”. Chrome currently displays a neutral information icon, but starting with version 68, the browser will warn users with an extra notification in the address bar. Chrome currently marks HTTPS-encrypted sites with a green lock icon and “Secure” sign.

Approximately 60% of web traffic is viewed via a Chrome web browser so chances are a lot of your visitors will be viewing your site via Chrome, and if you are not using HTTPS after 1 July they will see the “not secure” warning.

With Eighty-one of the top 100 sites on the web defaulting to HTTPS, it is apparent that the industry push towards HTTPS is not going to go away and the deadline for the Chrome changes may be the push site owners need to get this in order.

HTTPS encryption protects the channel between your browser and the website you’re visiting, ensuring no one in the middle can tamper with the traffic or spy on what you’re doing. Without that encryption, someone with access to your router or ISP could intercept information sent to websites or inject malware into otherwise legitimate pages.

On our later cPanel servers, we are pleased to offer SSL Certificates at no cost and these are automatically renewed every three months. We also offer comprehensive annual ‘paid for’ SSL certificates at GBP 50.00 + VAT / AUD 95.00 + GST. However, for a limited time, these are available at a 50% discount. Please contact [email protected] if you need assistance with your SSL Certificates.