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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. All sites not encrypting their visitor traffic with an SSL will be marked as Not Secure.

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 a secure channel is created over any network, ensuring that no middle person can tamper or spy on website traffic.

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 provide free SSL certificates to all customers using Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The following must be true to get a free SSL:

  • You have a live website.
  • 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 whether you need to purchase a paid SSL certificate, please contact us via chat for assistance.

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