HTTPS warnings

Recently, webmasters of non-HTTPS domains received a warning from Google stating that from October, any webpages requesting private information form users (i.e. anything more than your name and email) will be flagged as 'not secure' if not using a HTTPS Domains.

The email has been automatically sent to users by Google Search Console, with the below message:

HTTPS Warnings_1

Source: http://searchengineland.com/google-emails-warnings-webmasters-chrome-will-mark-http-pages-forms-not-secure-280907

 

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS is a communication protocol (just like HTTP) - however, HTTPS allows for a secure connection over the internet; providing a greater level of security for personal information entered by users.

In the past few years, Google gradually prompted site owners to change domains to HTTPS. In 2014, sites using HTTPS were given a small ranking boost as an incentive to move over to the secured connection. Earlier this year, Google made a firmer statement announcing that sites requiring user's personal information without an HTTPS domain would be flagged as 'not secure'.

Who needs HTTPS?

Websites requiring users to enter any kind of personal information will need to migrate to HTTPS to avoid the 'not secure' warning. Personal information includes:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Contact information
  • Payment details

 

How to migrate to HTTPS?

Migrating to HTTPS requires advanced skills, but the process can be broken down into the following steps:

  • Buy an SSL Certificate
  • Install your SSL Certificate
  • Update all hard-coded links to HTTPS
  • Update custom JS, AJAX libraries to HTTPS
  • Add 301 redirects to new HTTPS URLs
  • Update your robots.txt file
  • If you use a CDN, install an SSL certificate here, and update your 'origin' URL

 

As of February 2017, over half of websites on the internet are encrypted, meaning billions of web users are more secure when browsing. There are more reasons to move on to HTTPS now than ever before, especially as the growth of HTTPS is likely to continue in the coming years.

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