Heads up if you don’t have an SSL certificate installed on your website!
As of 24 October 2017, Google will be releasing Chrome 62 which aims to further take the fight to websites that are still running without an SSL certificate, and are therefore insecure.
The purpose of installing an SSL certificate is to encrypt the data travelling between your website and your visitors, ensuring that malicious third-parties can’t get their hands on the sensitive data your customers may be typing into your website, such as passwords or credit card details.
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?
Currently, Google Chrome (which around half of all internet users use to browse online) warns users by placing a “Not secure” label in the address bar if they are visiting an insecure web page that contains a credit card or password input field.
This month, these warnings are set to extend to a further two scenarios:
- When a user fills in ANY input field type on an insecure web page (such as a contact form)
- ALL insecure web pages when browsing via incognito mode
Google Chrome eventually plans to extend this warning to users to show for ALL insecure web pages, whether or not they have any particular types of input fields on them and regardless of whether they are being viewed in regular or incognito browsing modes. (You can read their full announcement on the changes here!)
So, if you’re still running your website without an SSL certificate, now is definitely the time to make the switch over from http to https!
HOW DO I KNOW IF I ALREADY HAVE AN SSL CERTIFICATE INSTALLED/ENABLED?
First, try to visit your website without using any http or https prefix (to see whether your site automatically loads in http or https), for example, type: “yourdomain.com.au” into your browser’s address bar. If the site loads okay and you can see the padlock in your browser’s address bar, this means your site has an SSL certificate both installed and enabled, and nothing further needs to be done!
If your site loads but isn’t showing the padlock, try instead typing your website address into your address bar including the https prefix, such as: “https://yourdomain.com.au”. If the site loads okay, that means you have an SSL certificate installed, but it is either not enabled, or you have mixed content which is preventing the page from being fully secure.
If the site doesn’t load at all this way, that means you do not have an SSL certificate installed/installed correctly.
HOW DO I GET AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
For those who currently have your website hosted through One Big Idea, simply contact our team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you purchase and install an SSL Certificate for your site. If your site is hosted elsewhere, we would suggest contacting your web host to discuss what options they have available.
We do offer free SSL Certificates to our hosted clients and can move your site over with minimal disruption to your service. The only costs involved will installing the certificate on your website.
WILL MY WEBSITE’S SEARCH ENGINE RANKING BE AFFECTED BY INSTALLING AN SSL CERTIFICATE?
Yes, switching from http to https can have an effect on your Google ranking if not managed correctly, as your website address will essentially be changing from starting with http://, to starting with https://, thus giving your website a brand new address as far as Google is concerned. If your website is ranking for a particular keyword or keywords that you wish to protect, we’d recommend first researching the necessary precautions (to ensure that you don’t harm your Google rank during the switch), or reaching out to us for assistance.
One Big Idea is a reseller for Digital Pacific. This article can be found in it’s entirety on their website.