Google Chrome warns about HTTP pages and prefers HTTPS
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Phoenix Aromas
Phoenix Aromas
16:23 12 May 22
Knowledgable team who created a custom theme for our WordPress website and built a custom product database for us to manage technical products. Easy to work with and efficient in their workflow. Would recommend.read more
Gary Hughes
Gary Hughes
15:21 21 Dec 21
Our company have used W.E.B.S Ltd for many years and found the quality of the work to be very good, we have recently had them develop an app for our engineering department and they have walked us through the app very professinally and been extremely responsive when we have required changes.read more
Star Eastern
Star Eastern
10:44 28 Mar 20
I have worked with Justin for long period.To work with him is very easy and he always provide you the GREAT services.Recommend him A+++++++++++++read more
Elliott Callahan
Elliott Callahan
15:02 27 Sep 19
Excellent service from a very knowledgeable provider. WEBS has helped me immensely with my business website, social media presence as well as a whole host of other areas. Could not recommend anyone else for your business. Always there to answer any issues you may have and is super helpful in advising you on the best methods to boost your business’ online appearance. 5 Stars!read more
Pete Brown
Pete Brown
09:17 14 Jun 19
I have had my current website for a number of years thinking it was okay but when Justin designed me a new one I couldn’t believe the difference.It is very unique and i have had lots of feedback from friends and customers as to the positive change.He is patient, adaptive to change and very skilled in his profession.I believe my business will benefit solely from this change in Website.I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.read more
Hazel Bate
Hazel Bate
13:14 21 Dec 18
The website Justin wrote for me looks really impressive and I’m getting great positive feedback from others looking at it. I’m sure it will help my business with moving forward. Justin was very quick at doing any work requested, even when he had other commitments, with patient professionalism and efficiency. I thought his development costs were very fair too. His support of my old website was always reliable and good advice given. Thank you Justinread more
Patrick Marston
Patrick Marston
07:35 07 Sep 18
I’ve always found W.E.B.S Ltd to be highly skilled website designers, developers and marketing specialists that are incredibly helpful with any technical issues I’ve had, replying speedily with a solution. W.E.B.S Ltd also communicate relatively complex tasks into easy-to-understand terms that allows you to maintain your own website too, which is very useful. I can’t recommend these guys enough.read more
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Have you spotted the Google Chrome Insecure Warning on your website? Unless you have a SSL Certificate and serve your web pages in HTTPS / Secure Mode, Google will tell your site visitors, that your site is Insecure. That’s bad news …

Google has told us for a long time, it prefers secure websites in it’s search rankings and planned to make it mandatory. Google has now made this official. Websites accessed via the popular Chrome Browser will now display the ‘Insecure’ icon on all sites without SSL.

If you don’t know how to deal with this, read on. If you need help, ask your web developers who should manage this for you as it is a website maintenance issue. Alternatively, get in touch with us so we can explain.

Would you shop on a website that says it is insecure?

If a website is asking me to fill in a form, make a payment or login, it would be a risk to do so on any website which fails to provide security via HTTPS pages. The chances of my data being intercepted are slim BUT it’s possible, and now, Google Chrome highlights this issue by making sites display as Insecure to make users aware of the risk.

What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

The idea of HTTPS is to encrypt the connection between the browser and the server using an SSL Certificate. Any data inputted to the screen (form filling, checkout data etc) is encrypted to avoid hackers being able to see that data. HTTP is a plain text protocol which makes it easier for a hacker to intercept and read data.

HTTP standards for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and is Non-Secure

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure and is Secure

Why should i make this change to HTTPS?

For some time now, it’s been widely recognised that serving web pages via HTTPS gives a slight SEO boost. This is something WEBS4SEO do as standard for all their SEO customers.

All website owners should move to HTTPS to build trust.

Like i said above, would you really shop on a website which told you in the browser, that it is insecure? It will not inspire confidence and that is detrimental to the success of your site.

Google Chrome Insecure Warning

Look at the following screen shots from Insecure and Secure websites.

Insecure Mode: Website running in HTTP with NO SSL

Google Chrome Insecure Warning

Secure Mode: Website running in HTTPS with SSL Certificate

Example site with correctly enabled HTTPS and no chrome warning

Purchasing SSL Certificates

It isn’t expensive and it’s easy to do. The cost depends on the level of certificate, but for most non E-Commerce websites, basic SSL Certificates are ample. You can click here for costs on our hosting site, if you need one.

Activating HTTPS Secure Web Pages

The process of doing this will depend on the type of website you operate.

WordPress

  1. Adjust the settings of the site to be https:// for both entries in General / Settings
  2. Install Velvet URL plugin and change URL’s from http:// to https:// (replace using the actual full domain name e.g https://www.webs.limited/ replacing https://www.webs.limited)
  3. If you are using a CDN, flush the cache and check the site

Joomla

You can do this manually in the config file, or login to the administrator area and:

  1. Click on System / Global Configuration / Server
  2. Tick the box ‘Force HTTPS’ on Entire Site
  3. Check website is working properly for you

Joomla adjustments to enable SSL

Other Websites

Search on Google, ask your developer or the provider of your website platform how to enable HTTPS for your website. If you get stuck, get in touch, as we can surely help you sort this.

Securing the Internet

In 2011, Google introduced HTTPS by default on its popular Gmail service.

Yahoo moved all its users’ data to secure servers in March 2014, and Facebook committed to secure browsing by default since July 2013.

The move of larger tech companies to encourage encryption, comes after leaks from Edward Snowden. He alleged that the National Security Agency (NSA) and GCHQ used various technologies to spy on citizens, which prompted a global debate on cyber-security and privacy.

If you need help configuring SSL for your website, ordering SSL certificates or general advise with SEO for your site, call us on 0800 756 9975 for professional and friendly advise.

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