Looming change within google chrome enforcing people to have secure websites
Making internet connections safe and secure is an effective defense against middle-man attacks (hackers) and this also offers privacy advantages to surfers.
The version 56 of Chrome browser is a significant change in the way the chrome browser views websites that are not using HTTPS, also called SSL. Prior to this development, any websites that are not running on HTTPS will be marked as insecure. In this forthcoming release, Google Chrome plans to tag all non-HTTPS sites and pages as insecure, because surfers making use of this mode have an enlarged expectation of privacy that cannot be met.
For the fact that every company desires to rank favorably on Google, it is therefore in their best interest to ensure that their web pages are encrypted. This puts any website that is storing and transferring data in plain text at risk because data in plain-text are easy to be read over the net. This is considered a breach of privacy to its customers’.
Google has planned to reward sites that always make use of secure and encrypted HTTPS connections while transmitting and exchanging data – as well as boost their search rankings. While some website owners may consider this new development some sort of inconvenience, security firms welcomed the idea, as it is considered to be an effective push to attaining a wide security goal of HTTPS everywhere.
In the light of this, it is only considerate for sites to key into this development as customers may interpret the message as an indication that their sites are compromised, insecure and having some underlying security issues, following the message displayed by Google for sites that are not using HTTPS.
HTTP & HTTPS: WHAT ARE THE DISPARITIES
The HTTP also was known as the HyperText Transfer Protocol, is a protocol basically for exchanging data across the internet. This is an application for collaborative, distributed, hypermedia information systems. HTTP is the basis of data communication for the world wide web; commonly used for accessing HTML pages that do not work with sensitive information like passwords, credit card details, and other similar information.
On the other hand;
HTTPS, which is also known as the Secure HyperText Transfer Protocol, is a look-alike to the HTTP protocol. It is also used for exchanging data across the internet. The difference being the ultimate feature that it was designed for sensitive data transfer, such that shouldn’t be transferred over the HTTP.
THE SECURITY ROLE OF THE HTTPS
HTTPS does not only make the web secure in the viewpoint of transfer of sensitive data, banking details and passwords, it is also needed for processes such as:
- Security of information, including URLs and form data.
- Validating the identity of the site that a user is accessing, eliminating hacker’s attacks or other forms of malicious activities.
SOLUTIONS TO SITES THAT ARE NOT HTTPS
- First, look at the support documents that your hosting provider offers, and look out for how to set up SSL on the system. Some may offer free SSL and others may have easy installation methods. Do not attempt to carry out a manual configuration as it may make things more complicated and difficult for you.
- Google also has a technical explanation of how to apply SSL. Here, you will find guides describing how to set up SSL for WordPress, just with a simple Google search. But before this, you must carry out step one above.
If you already have SSL set up on your site, then you are all set for the new change in Chrome Browser.
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