Chrome to flag up http sites from this July

If you’ve switched your website to SSL/TSL/https then you can feel smug today. If not, it really is time to think about doing so. Last month Google put a date on when the Chrome browser is going to start flashing up messages on http sites that they’re ‘not secure’.

The date is this July (2018).

Time will tell whether or not users care, but given the cost of getting people to our sites, even a small percentage being put off will prove costly. In addition, there are some indications that an https site may get some benefit in the Google results, if not directly as part of Google’s ranking algorithms, then because other sites may suffer from increased bounce rate.

If you want a lengthy reference on SSL/TSL/https, there’s a good one here and another here. For most of us, the best way to get our sites on to the more secure format will be to pay our website design company to do it. The good news is that it shouldn’t cost much.