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Google Chrome and Browser Updates

Google Chrome & Browser Updates

Google launched Chrome 68 in July of 2018. With this launch, Chrome began displaying all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ and prominently highlighted this in the address bar. This means that all sites not encrypting their visitor traffic with an SSL will be marked as Not Secure.

Chrome changes

What are SSL and HTTPS?

  • SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and secure.
  • HTTPS in the browser address bar means that a secure channel is created over any network, ensuring that no middle person can tamper or spy on website traffic.

Secure Chrome image

Why does this matter?

No matter what type of website you have, this matters to you. Without encryption, data passing between your business and customers can put both parties at risk. Smaller companies that don't employ a security team are especially vulnerable. 

Benefits of having an SSL certificate:

  • Improved search ranking
  • Safe, secure data transfer
  • Visitors and customers can trust your site
  • An SSL is required for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance.

What are we doing about this?

We are providing free SSL certificates to all customers for them to be able to comply with Google Chrome 68 update and achieve the benefits listed above. To qualify for a free SSL, the following must be true:
  • You have a live website on your domain that is visible on the internet.
  • Your nameservers and A record* must point to the IP address associated with your hosting account.
  • Some second-level domains are NOT supported.
*The main authority for your domain is the A record. Your account nameservers must point to your hosting account where your website is hosted. See Enable Your Free SSL Certificate for information on enabling your free SSL.

If you are unsure about whether or not you need to purchase a paid SSL certificate, please call us at 877-472-4399 to speak with a web advisor.


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