Why your website is “not secure”
In mid 2018, Google made changes with their safety protocol. For some, this means their website visitors are now being greeted with a message stating their website is “not secure”. This issue can deter potential clients and customers and look unprofessional. If you’re experiencing this issue, we’re here to tell you why it’s happening and how to fix it.
The difference between HTTP and HTTPS
There are two different types of URLs on the internet: HTTP and HTTPS websites. The difference between the two is that HTTPS websites use a basic protocol called SSL which makes websites safer for visitors.
What exactly does SSL do?
In short, SSL encrypts data. Encryption adds extra protection between the browser and the website being visited. This ensures that no tampering or spying can take place. It makes inputting data more secure for:
- Credit card details
- Personal information
For the more curious reader, we recommend a visit to The Illustrated TLS 1.3 Connection: Every Byte Explained
Do I need to set up SSL?
If you’re running a business, you need to get an SSL certificate if you haven’t already. Not only will it protect your data, but it will ensure that you no longer have to deal with the unsightly message declaring your website “not secure”.
Installing SSL certificates
Setting up SSL on your website is a relatively simple process, but sometimes your website needs some minor maintenance to make sure it is working correctly (i.e. updating links to SSL).
The best news is that SSL certs can now be obtained freely from Let's Encrypt an SSL Certificate Authority that was setup with the aim of creating a more secure Internet for everyone.
Digital Bridge is and Australian web design, web development and web management agency based in Fitzroy, Melbourne.