Google Chrome has now released Chrome 56, the newest version of their internet browser. This new release has implications for all non-https websites, which will be labelled as non-secure. View Google’s labelling system here. This is in a bid to promote website and communication security on the internet. Now is the time (if you’re running a website) to upgrade from HTTP to HTTPS – and ensure your business and brand gets good representation on modern browsers.
The Chrome Browser is a desktop and mobile browser. It accounts for over 50% of all internet browsing View Netmarketshare Stats. That potentially means that if you don’t have an HTTPS website, for over half of your audience your website will be displayed as being non-secure. Converting to HTTPS will result in your website being identified as “Secure”.
Is My Website HTTP or HTTPS?
Take a look at your URL. At the beginning it will either have http or https. If you can’t see this part in your browser, try copying the url and pasting it. You should then be able to see the details.
What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?
HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. The difference between the two is that HTTPS uses encryption to secure the information being transferred.
Why Isn’t My Website Already HTTPS?
Although HTTPS is not a new convention, it has previously not been the norm for website development, except in cases involving sensitive information (credit cards, financial, personal). Implementing this protocol involves more layers of complexity, so it has never been the default option – until now.
Is It Necessary To Convert?
Your website will continue to function if it is HTTP. However it will be labelled as ‘non-secure’ by Google Chrome’s browser.
Converting to HTTPS
Discuss the conversion with your website developer. The scope and nature of the conversion process will depend on your host, website, content, online footprint, and other factors.
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