New warnings will appear in Google Chrome for some non-https webpages

In October, a new update to the world’s most popular web browser, Google Chrome, will show a NOT SECURE warning message to any page with an input. This means that any form with text or email fields for example, will need to be served over HTTPS – the web’s secure protocol instead of plain HTTP. The not secure warning will also show if you are using ‘Incognito’ mode, visiting any non-https webpage.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS works by encrypting the data sent between your web browser and the web server of the website you’re visiting. This makes it extremely difficult for hackers to get your data.

Currently, an SSL certificate (that provides the extra security functionality for HTTPS to work) is required when users are asked to enter passwords. The following error message in Google Chrome’s address bar is displayed if there is an input in the webpage:

Enabling HTTPS for webpages that users need to enter passwords into shows a ‘Secure’ message instead of a red ‘Not Secure’ message.

We already use HTTPS on our website as we want our visitor’s (and anyone who contacts us) data encrypted so it is secure. We also use HTTPS in the HCR ServicesTimesheetsApp as users are required to login to use this service.

We can do all of this for you

As standard if you buy or transfer a domain name through/to us and use our hosting service, we will include an SSL certificate for your website for FREE for the first year! That means that anyone who visits your new website will be using a secure connection. Contact Us if you think you need to use HTTPS encryption for your website as a ‘Not Secure’ warning message will force some users to turn back away from your site.