As of October 17, 2017, Chrome will be marking certain websites and URLs as ‘Not Secure’. In short, HTTPS or secure websites enable information being typed on a website to be encrypted vs. HTTP that could enable a hacker to watch every keystroke to a unassuming website owner and visitor.
For employers, BE AWARE that employees working on websites that are not secure could cause a breach of sensitive information. Chat boxes and any form fills on a website that’s not secure could be problematic.
For now, there will be a “Not Secure” message will be visible on the URL.
How to check if a website is secure
One quick way to check if a site is secure is to just put in your browser https:// and the URL. It will instantly show whether the site is secure or not. Hopefully you will see something like this (browser dependant of course):
Use this link to use this tool to check whether a website has SSL and if there any potential problems with it.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
Google has been working on this since January 2017. Google believes that privacy and protection should be provided to users beyond simple passwords and credit card numbers. Any personal information entered by people on websites must be inaccessible to other people on the same network. Therefore, starting with Chrome 62, users will be given a ‘Not Secure’ warning sign when typing in their data into HTTP forms or sites. Following this pattern, many other browsers are expected to make changes in the same direction.
HOW DO HTTP AND HTTPS DIFFER?
The likes of Mozilla Firefox and such browsers employ this functionality and understand HTTP commands. With HTTP, the main purpose is to arrange the data as the designer desires and allow the user to interact with it through the browser. But HTTP does not concern itself with whether or not or how the data travels.
HTTPS works quite similarly as well except that it focuses on providing security to the data through encryption. SSL uses an algorithm to encrypt the data first and then allows it to travel, hiding the content of the information and making it secure. The encryption algorithm is made complex enough to avoid any hacking or cracking which is why such sites and pages are deemed much more secure.
HOW WILL THE WARNING APPEAR?
Regardless of whether the user is accessing your website in normal or incognito mode, the warning will appear on all HTTP forms and pages when they are loading the page or entering the data. However, the appearance of the warning will not affect the working of your website.
HOW CAN YOU AVOID THESE MESSAGES?
You can carry out a number of steps if you wish to avoid the appearance of these warning signs on your page. You can begin hosting with a dedicated IP address as the first step. You must purchase a certificate, install and activate it, and update your site from HTTP to HTTPS. However, it is to let you know this site move may result in the change of URL which can affect the traffic on your page, albeit temporarily.