Website ‘not secure’? Here’s how to deal with it

Google Chrome browser update (version 68) bought about a new ‘not secure’ warning in the URL address bar. Essentially, this warning is shown wherever you visit an insecure web page. It signifies a lack of security for the connection to that web page – it’s telling you that info sent and received with that web page is unprotected and you run the risk that it could be modified, read and/or stolen.

The ‘not secure’ warning appears on all web pages using the HTTP protocol and where a secure connection is not possible. It does not mean that the website is affected by malware.

Websites have been transitioning to HTTPS (note the S) which is used by millions and millions of websites and does provide security to protect your data while you browse, log on and make online purchases.

If you do see the ‘not secure’ warning on a webpage you own provided over HTTP we suggest enabling the HTTPS protocol for your website. What is it? HTTPS used the SSL/TLS to offer a secure connection which is authenticated and encrypted. You can use this protocol by purchasing an SSL certificate which you then install to enable it on your web server.

We suggest starting out by assessing if your site currently has any support for HTTPS – some have partial support. If partial support exists look into how to deploy HTTPS across your entire website (or by default).

If HTTPS is not deployed at all get assistance about the SSL certificate you will need – this will depend on the number of domain names you operate and other issues such as if your business needs to be validated for additional user trust.

As all the big web browser players – Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome move to a user interface that will warn website visitors of insecure web pages it’s important to more to HTTPS – for security and a better user experience.

To get assistance on HTTPS protocol for your website just contact the Digibrand team today.