With the imminent release of  Version 56 of the Google Chrome browser comes the much talked about new SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) warnings. There is a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming changes to Chrome and Google’s future plans for security and privacy on the Internet so what do they mean for website owners?

The upcoming release of Chrome is due to be released at the end of the January and many people seem to be unsure of what the changes mean for their websites. The initial changes will only affect certain websites; specifically those that collect login and credit card information over http. Visitors to these websites using the new version of Chrome will see a “Not Secure” message in their web browser when visiting those pages. Google Chrome is automatically updated for most users so these changes will become apparent immediately after release.

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Warnings like this have the potential to turn visitors and potential customers away if they think a site has been compromised in some way. For this reason alone it’s important for those websites to get an SSL certificate as soon as possible and start collecting user data over https.

For other websites, implementing the change is not so urgent but as Google rolls out their plan to secure web privacy across the internet we can be sure that change is coming soon.

The next stage; Incognito Mode

The next stage of Google’s plan will present the “Not Secure” message to visitors of any website loaded through http in ‘Incognito Mode’. This is largely due to the higher expectation of privacy for users ‘going incognito’. We believe this will include any http website whether collecting sensitive information or not.

Google eventually plan to introduce the warning for all websites using http in the final stage of their plan. We don’t have a timeline unfortunately but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more about the coming changes.

What to do next?

Even if you’re not going to be affected by the changes coming this month we recommend all site owners start planning their move to https now to avoid issues in the future. With the cost of SSL having dropped significantly in recent years there’s really no time like the present to start securing your website. For websites owners with a limited budget there are cheaper and free options available. It’s important to note however, that not all SSL options available are compatible with all hosting solutions and cheaper SSL solutions can be incompatible for certain usage scenarios i.e. eCommerce and membership sites that deal with sensitive information.

FREE SSL for New clients

We are pleased to offer a Basic SSL solution from only £25 for our existing customers and for a limited time, completely FREE for new customers taking out a managed website and hosting package. This solution is perfect for basic websites that don’t collect and store sensitive information but want to prepare themselves for the changes.