Maybe you’ve heard swirling rumors about a Google Chrome update that could negatively impact your website. Turns out there is an update heading our way and it will affect around 75% of our current clients.
In late October of 2017, the Google Chrome 62 update will be implemented in order to improve overall website security. However, the increase in security will cause any type of input field or contact form to be labeled as “Not Secure” next to the URL in the browser bar.
According to 9to5Google, “With version 56 in January, Chrome began marking HTTP sites with password or credit card fields as ‘Not secure’ in the address bar. As a result, Google noted a 23% reduction in the fraction of navigations to HTTP pages with password or credit card forms on desktop.”
Even if you don’t use Google Chrome very often, your clients are most likely using it, which is what you need to worry about. Regardless, Mozilla Firefox has hinted that they’ll be establishing a similar policy as well, and you can be sure Microsoft and Safari will follow suit. Using Incognito won’t even prevent the badge from appearing.
Here’s how you can prepare for this update:
- Decide to do nothing and hope that your customers don’t mind the “Not Secure” label (not recommended)
- Eliminate input fields and contact forms from your websites so nothing can be affected by this label
- Upgrade your hosting to contain a Static IP and SSL certificate and set your root domain URL to “https://…”
9to5Google describes the end goal for this update as helping “encourage the adoption of more secure pages.” Remember, this just has to do with Google improving website security. We suggest contacting whoever manages hosting for your website and asking them to implement a static IP and SSL certificate as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about this update or would like help deciding which action to take, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 778-7600. We’re on your side every step of the way!