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If You Ask Users To Input Data, You Need An SSL Certificate

If your website has forms, login fields or any other input sections across its pages then you’re running out of time to avoid Google Chrome marking them as not secure.

As we wrote back in February, Google has already been marking non-https websites that require credit card details or passwords as not secure for some time now. The latest move is a further attempt to encourage website owners to embrace user security.

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On the subject, Google has said:

“Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show security warnings for additional situations: when users enter data on an HTTP pages and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.”

To avoid your website being shown as insecure, it’s now imperative that you purchase an SSL certificate. Even if you don’t meet any of the current criteria to be marked as insecure, browsers may soon turn away from a non-HTTPS website anyway.

A Reminder of the Details

In case you don’t know, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a form of encryption used with HTTPS websites to protect sensitive user data. The encryption happens when the data is passed between the website and the user, at which time the SSL connection is established before any information is sent.

Once you’ve got your SSL certificate sorted, a green padlock with a ‘Secure’ notice will appear in your browser. You can see this if you glance up to the search bar on this blog page.

I’ve Not Made the Move – What Should I Do?

If you’ve still not sorted your SSL certificate, we can help you to make the move to HTTPS. Contact our team for a quote.

Written by Sean Potter

A lover of fine food, golf and football, Sean joined the Evoluted team in August 2015. Chiefly responsible for making sure that our clients’ websites are search engine friendly, he’s delighted to have found his true calling in Digital Marketing. Bar a stint in Newcastle where he gained his degree, Sean has spent the rest of his 26 years living in his home city of Sheffield. He is now settled here with his long-term girlfriend. Rarely seen without a coffee in-hand, his Nespresso machine is his most treasured possession. That and the rare occasions Arsenal win a trophy keep him ticking along nicely. Read more posts by Sean Potter

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