Forthcoming Google Chrome Update and HTTPS Domains

by | Sep 4, 2017

In October 2017 Google Chrome update (version 62) will show a ‘NOT SECURE’ warning when a site visitor enters text in a form on an HTTP page for example a completion or e-zine signup….

HTTPS is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and the site. This new warning is part of Chrome’s long term plan to mark all pages served over HTTP as ‘not secure’in order to ensure that users have a secure and private online experience when using a website.

In January 2017 Google began their quest to improve how Chrome communicates the connection security of HTTP pages by marking HTTP pages as “Not secure” if they had password or credit card fields. Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the “Not secure” warning on any pages where data is entered and shis change will affect all websites which include forms, for example ticketing and merchandise sites, accreditation and ezine signups.

We our contacting all clients to advise on what steps to take in preparation, but they start with purchasing a robust security certificate and these are available relatively cheaply. There are a number of different types of certificates available; single , multi-domain and wildcard certificates. Many of our clients will opt for a wildcard certificate which covers the origin and a number of subdomains. For example a wild card for *.examplesite.com will cover www.examplesite.com as well as tickets.examplesite.com, shop.examplesite.com and community.examplesite.com.

Once the certificate is in place there are a number of other changes to be made but in the meantime if you have any further questions pleas don’t hesitate to contact us.