Chrome to show if your website is trusted or not
Google have recently released a statement announcing that in 2017 that their main browser Chrome will start showing if a website can be trusted or not. In the post, Google’s Ryan Sleevi said that all websites will need to comply with Chrome’s Certificate Transparency policy in order to be shown as trusted by the browser.
Websites that don’t will start seen as “untrusted” and potentially show errors and worse become unstable as Chrome refuses to trust it. The policy doesn’t come in force until October 2017 but while that’s a long way off it’s important not to forget get caught out.
To become secure Google are asking that all websites have an SSL certificate installed on it’s server, this will tell Chrome it’s secure and keep your website inline with the new rules. An SSL certificate (Secure Socket Layer) means that any data passing through it is encrypted making it harder for hackers to get people’s personal data.
To tell if a website has an SSL certificate and is inline with the new rules, you only need to look towards the top left of Chrome
You can clearly see “Secure” and the website address starting with https instead of the common http – meaning this website has an SSL certificate and is secure.
Right now only Chrome has announced this update but you can expect the other big browser giants to follow soon as security becomes more and more important in our digital lives.
But don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about SSL or where to stick them, your Web Developer should already be aware of this and if not, you might want to find a new one as a major initiative was started last year to make SSL certificates free and available to all so that everyone can stay safe. The website Lets Encrypt has been majorly sponsored by Mozilla, Chrome, Facebook and other internet giants to help people get their own SSL certificate, they have already started rolling out the Lets Encrypt SSL certificates to all major hosting providers.
So don’t panic, speak with your Developer and tell them you want an SSL certificate on your website and if they start charging, inform them of Lets Encrpyt as they’re offering it for free which isn’t a problem if you’ve been put on a decent hosting package. So remember you don’t have to pay to secure your website!
Get in touch if you need an SSL certificate or some advice!
Stay safe! 🙂