Security, SSL

New HTTPS security must-haves in Google Chrome 68

On 24th July Google began rolling out Chrome 68 and with this brings new features and security enhancements.

Chrome continues to leverage its market dominance to push for a safer and more secure web.

The release of Chrome 68 is part of Google’s objective to ensure internet users can easily recognise if sites are safe or not.

The ‘Not Secure’ warning will now be prominently on display on those sites without a secure HTTPS connection.

To steer the world towards a more secure global Internet, Google Chrome began marking all HTTP web pages with forms as insecure last year.

In just a year’s time, this small change has pushed 68 per cent of Android and Windows traffic and 78 per cent of Chrome OS and Mac traffic toward HTTPS.

Today, 81 of the top 100 sites are using HTTPS by default.

How will Chrome 68 affect my website?

With approximately 60 per cent of all browser traffic coming from Google Chrome, a change like this will affect every website on the Internet.

Google Chrome insecure browser flag

If your website is not secure by default, your visitors will begin to see a flag next to your domain name in the address bar of the Google Chrome browser stating that your website is not secure.

In addition to a notice in the address bar of Google Chrome, entering personal information into a non-secure website, a warning will alert the user informing them of the dangers and that they are at risk of attackers stealing their data.

In fact, the lack of an SSL certificate on your website has always left your site vulnerable to content injection, such as visitor’s ISP injecting adverts and malware into your website.

Why are SSLs a good idea?

If you do not currently have an SSL installed on your website, you are already missing out on Google’s automatic search ranking boost from 2014.

HTTPS improves performance

SSL enabled websites can unlock a significant performance boost by allowing your site to operate over HTTP/2, which by itself can improve your load times by up to 40 per cent.

Visitors today look for the ‘green locks’ in their address bars to feel secure before putting trust in a website.

An SSL shows legitimacy and professionalism by ensuring your users feel protected while browsing your site.

How can I improve the security of my website?

Put simply you need to acquire an SSL and install it on your website.

All of our hosting plans make this a straightforward process even for absolute beginners.

Let's Encrypt plus cPanel

With the click of a few buttons within your control panel your site can be secured using the Let’s Encrypt certificate and the best of it all, it is FREE!

Do not let your website fall behind and detract visitors all because you haven’t got a secure website.

If you would like help or advice making your website secure whether you have a plan with us or not, you can email us at [email protected], or you can talk via our live chat system.