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Putting the ‘s’ in https

Jul 31, 2018 | Newsletter, Advice, Resources

Putting the ‘s’ in https

On July 24th 2018, Google’s Chrome browser (by far the most popular) started warning people if the website they were visiting was not secure.

What does that mean for you?

Visit any website in Chrome. It will either be marked as secure, or not secure, and look a little something like this:

Whilst you’re unlikely to be in any immediate danger if it says ‘not secure’, it’s best not to submit personal information through forms, and under no circumstances should you enter credit card information or passwords.

As well as thinking about the websites you visit, you should also take a moment to make sure your company’s website has https enabled – which means any data transferred is encrypted and is useless to anyone who attempts to intercept it.

The clear recommendation from the government’s National Cyber Security Centre is that you should always serve websites over https.

To be honest, it’s not worth going into a complex explanation here about how to do that or exactly what’s entailed, but you should ask whoever manages your website to take action.

Aside from the security angle, it could help with your search engine optimisation (SEO). Google especially is cracking down on non-secure websites and may start flagging (or even penalising) websites which haven’t been secured.

Do you have further questions or need assistance with securing your company’s website by enabling https? Get in touch and we can arrange an appointment to give you more information and discuss where we can help.

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