Chrome 68 is set to be released with an update to its security protocol – HTTP sites will be flagged as ‘Not Secure’.
“Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’,” Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Product Manager, stated on her Chromium blog post on 8 February.
It should also be noted that when Chrome 66 is released in Beta on 15 March (stable release is scheduled on 17 April), Symantec-issued SSL certificates will no longer be recognised.
Chrome’s decision to distrust Symantec (along with its brand names: Thawte, VeriSign, Equifax, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL) is backed by the PKI community following ‘a series of questionable website authentication certificates.’
With these updates, web developers have no reason to procrastinate the migration to HTTPS.
Why migrate to HTTPS
Chrome is by far the most popular browser and the encrypted-only connection in the forthcoming Chrome 68 release is for everyone’s best interests:
It maintains the integrity of the website. Intruders targets unprotected resources (such as images, cookies, scripts, and HTML) in your website which will likely break UX.
Using the secured HTTP prevents website intruders from injecting unverified pop-ups and ads into your web pages. Most importantly, HTTPS blocks malware that can tamper the ‘communication’ between your website and users.
It protects the privacy and security of your users. Website intrusion triggers users to disclose sensitive information and create security vulnerabilities. With HTTPS, all data, bandwidth and resources on your website are encrypted keeping your users’ information hidden in plain sight.
It upholds the credibility of your e-business. The HTTPS prefix in your website URL confirms that you have a registered business and domain. Your visitors and customers will feel secure to make online transactions through your website.
Google has put websites that use HTTPS in the higher ranking in its search results since 2014.
It equips your website for future Internet upgrades. HTTPS is the baseline for future web traffic. Firefox is also phasing out unencrypted traffic.
The W3C’s Technical Architecture Group and the Internet Architecture Board are actively supporting the HTTPS migration to counter cyberattacks.
How to migrate website to HTTPS
The first thing you should do to mark your website as secure with HTTPS is to fulfill your SSL requirement by obtaining a Chrome-approved SSL certificate.
Network Dynamics can help you set up a professionally signed SSL certificate on your web server and enable encrypted HTTPS. Our security certificates are issued by Comodo™, one of the most respected and Chrome-trusted SSL Certificate Authorities.
We offer three types of SSL certificates, visit this page to order.
Whether you want to build your new website with HTTPS or encrypt your existing one, just drop us a line and we are ready to assist you.