On 9 February, Google announced that their Chrome browser will issue large warnings from July 2018 if people want to visit websites that are not secured with an SSL certificate.
This can potentially have a major impact on all websites that are not yet secured with HTTPS. A major warning can make visitors feel unsafe and leave the concerned website early. This costs visitors and possibly sales.
Worldwide, Chrome has a market share of around 60% in browser usage. The Netherlands is not far behind with a market share of 51% for Chrome. This means that roughly half of the visitors to your website will see this report from July 2018 with all possible consequences.
SSL is the future
In this way, Google does not only want to protect Chrome users from potentially unsafe websites, but make sure that website owners are also increasingly moving to secure their websites with SSL.
This is not the first time that Google wants to move the internet world towards SSL-secured traffic. In 2016, Google already announced that it would give SSL secured websites a higher ranking in search queries. This measure has been rolled out very slowly since last year over the world
With this announcement we have to assume that this roll-out, and accompanying pro-SSL policy of Google, is gaining momentum.
What can you do?
High time to get into action. Whereas in the previous years it was still a threat on the horizon, now SSL seems to be a must for website owners. And maybe that’s a good thing too. Internet security is becoming increasingly important with the growing threat of ransomware and hackers on websites. SSL is just part of that.
Fortunately, we have already prepared ourselves for this. Our website is already equipped with SSL security and we offer various products for SSL and other security methods.
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