With 4 months to switch on HTTPS, are web hosting companies ready?

Like it or not, if your website isn’t using HTTPS (the encrypted version of the web’s HTTP protocol) by July then you’re likely to lose traffic.

That’s because in July 2018 Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser, will start warning users that web pages served over HTTP are not secure (they aren’t).

This isn’t an empty threat, Chrome has been turning the screw on HTTP for a number of years and Google Search already gives sites with HTTPS a boost in its search rankings. You should expect other browsers to follow Chrome’s lead.

As Mark Stockley explains, if you’re buying web hosting you’re going to want HTTPS.

Next steps toward more connection security

Google has sent out a warning that HTTP sites that contain forms and other input fields will be marked Not Secure staring this October.

The search giant gave a notice of this a few months ago but has now takes the next step to formally notify those who will be affected with the upcoming change.

The notification states: “Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the ‘Not secure’ warning in two additional situations: when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.”

The original Google Chrome post can be found here: https://blog.chromium.org/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html