Are websites without an SSL Certificate ‘not secure’ ?

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Effective July 2018, Google’s Chrome browser will mark websites without an SSL Certificate as ‘not secure’.

For the past several years, Google has moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) was developed in 1994 as a method for increasing security between a website and its end user. Though vastly improved, its purpose remains the same to this day and the technology has become the standard for website security. Without SSL protection, your user’s information can be easily compromised. Especially if you require your users to log in or provide personal information. Having an SSL certificate for your site is an essential step in protecting your site and its visitors.


What Does an SSL Protected Site Look Like?

The prefix https will appear in front of a URL rather than the default http. You will also notice a green padlock appear in the address field of your browser.

This is what a site with SSL looks like in Google’s Chrome browser. The padlock differs in various browsers.



Google has been pushing webmasters to make the change to non-secure websites a for years now – including hinting at small rankings boost to further incentivize the shift. The campaign has proved successful, according to their blog post:

  • Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
  • Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
  • 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

Depending upon the size of a site and scope of the project, a migration from HTTP to HTTPS can be quite an undertaking.

Please get in touch with us to get an SSL Certificate installed on your website.