Google is taking a strong stand on internet security.
Beginning in July 2018, Google Chrome will begin to flag all websites not operating with an updated SSL (security) certificate as “not secure” because the encryption of data between your computer and the websites server is not adequate. This is important for everyone who “surfs the net” and critical to those who share their personal information and payment data online. When you are on a website looking at information, someone could be looking back at you!
Why does this matter to you?
Chrome’s newest version will warn users with an extra notification in the address bar when you attempt to visit a non-secure site. Websites with that are properly encrypted will display a green lock icon and “Secure” sign. If you visit an unsecured website, you receive some type of warning in red.
It’s not uncommon for people to ignore basic internet security practices. We all know better, but we don’t think much about it until we get burned. Then, of course, it’s too late. Websites that are deemed “non secure” or “not private” don’t encrypt communication between you (the user) and their website. This means any communication (your clicks through the site, entering your email for a newsletter subscription, buying something) may not be secure and your interactions with the website can be hacked. It’s not a great idea to visit websites that are not secure, it’s a very BAD idea to enter any personal information or payment data into one. The internet can be a dangerous place, take basic measures to keep yourself protected. While this is heavy-handed of Google Chrome, it is a good idea for everyone.
One of my colleagues and my own website developer, Milly Welsh, published this helpful blog for more information.