Why Google is Forcing Webmasters To Have SSL Certificates on Their Websites

What Is SSL?

SSL Certificates enable data encryption on the internet and allow data to be transmitted securely from a web server to a browser. With SSL, your website can use the https protocol and will display a padlock in end users web browsers to indicate the connection is secure.

The “s” at the end of the “http” part of a URL means a website is secure. HTTPS (Hypertext Transport Protocol Security), or secure, sites include the SSL 2048-bit key and can protect a site connection through authentication and encryption. When installed on a web server, an SSL certificate activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.

The Changes

Google Chrome – the world’s most popular web browser – is on the verge of making a significant change that will affect websites if they do not have an SSL Certificate.

Millions of websites could find themselves branded as “unsafe” by the browser from mid-April this year.

The move follows Google’s decision to stop trusting Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certificates after being deemed untrustworthy by the internet giant.

Any websites that use a certificate issued by the business before June 2016 or after December 2017 will be warned their connection is not private and someone could be attempting to steal their information. Chrome users will have to click past the full-screen warning before they are able to access the website.

The initial change is scheduled to arrive with Chrome version 66, which will launch worldwide on April 17th.

However, technology blog The Register reports the issue will only get worse on October 23rd when Chrome launches build 70, which will list all Symantec certificates as untrustworthy.

In addition, Google has also decided to brand websites without SSL Certificates “Not Secure” in an effort to make web users aware that any information shared with unsecured websites will be unencrypted potentially making it very easy for hackers to intercept and steal sensitive data.

What unsecured websites looks like now and when the change happens…


What should I do?

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