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Security Alert

Posted on 6th February, 2017

A dramatic change to safely accessing the internet with implications for anyone with a website is being highlighted by a South Lakes expert.

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Google Chrome, the world’s most widely used web browser, has started to flag HTTP sites as insecure, which will lead to loss of trust says Kendal’s Alan Jewitt.

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

Have you noticed this morning that Google is now flagging HTTP websites as insecure? You need to be aware of this, and as a business, you need to do something about it or risk losing consumer trust in your brand and ultimately sales. Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in use today by consumers.

How to solve: https://www.contradodigital.com/2016/09/01/claim-your-free-ssl-certificates-for-https/

At the moment, whenever a Google Chrome user views a page containing input boxes for passwords or credit card information, if this page isn't running over HTTPS, where you see the green padlock in the browser address bar, then your website will be flagged as Not Secure by Google.

As a matter of basic level security, as a personal user of websites, you should never be entering sensitive information into a form on a website that is using HTTP, they should always be using HTTPS. Why? Because when you enter in your personal information into a form that is using HTTP, it is possible for hackers to steal your personal information, usernames, passwords, credit card details and more. Be aware of this.

Most importantly, as a business, take security seriously on your website and for your customers.

Get in touch if you need help with securing your website.