HTTP Penalties to be Introduced by Google

Written by Ben Leach on

Google Chrome will start to make users aware when a site is not secure in a bid to ‘move towards a more secure web.’

Google Chrome will start to make users aware when a site is not secure in a bid to ‘move towards a more secure web.’

The update will warn users against entering personal data such as passwords and credit card details on websites that don’t follow the HTTPS standards for data encryption. While Chrome cannot forbid users from using HTTP sites, the web browser can advise them against doing so by marking them to be non-secure.

Screenshot of Google dialog box.

Image source: Google

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS (short for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) ensures that any data exchanged between a user’s browser and website is encrypted. This is very important for preventing hackers from getting access to sensitive information such as addresses and credit card details.

Whether it’s a shop that you are buying from using your credit card details, or submitting your personal information on a simple form, all websites should be secure to reduce the potential of criminals intercepting your data and using it for themselves.

Screenshot of HTTP warning.

Image source: Google.

HTTP vs HTTPS

HTTP sites do not offer encryption. The above image shows the warning sign that will appear next to the web address a user is on, potentially putting them off using the site and it’s insecure features.

Google recently hit a milestone with more than half of Chrome desktop pages now loading over HTTPS, showing that the warning is needed. Making your website secure is something we can help with. Installing a security certificate will ensure that your site is safe and approved by Google, and will encourage people to use your site more.

Contact us today and come and meet us for a chat about making your website secure.

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