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By: Julie Wild, senior designer / geek & creative @ wisnet

Is Your Website Secure?

On February 8th Google announced that “beginning in July 2018, with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as not secure.” This means that sites without an SSL certificate and an URL that starts with HTTP will be flagged to viewers as an unsecured site. This could scare visitors away from that website, reducing traffic, ultimately leading to less contacts and sales.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS uses encryption to protect the information sent between your browser and the website making it nearly impossible to intercept, protecting you and your data as it is sent across the Internet. Without encryption, it would be possible for a hacker to intercept this information or to inject malware into a web page. HTTPS encryption was introduced in 2003 and was primarily used on portions of websites where customers enter sensitive information such as filling out forms or ordering products online. Google has been a strong advocate of making HTTPS the standard for all web pages since 2014. Flagging unsecured sites in Chrome will be a final push for website owners to update their sites.

How do I add encryption to my website?

HTTPS has become much easier to implement through automated services like Let’s Encrypt. Google also offers its own Lighthouse tool, which includes tools for migrating a website to HTTPS.

At wisnet.com, newer sites created with WordPress are set up as HTTPS from the start. To make things even better, all WordPress sites at wisnet.com come with a free SSL Certificate. If you have an older WordPress site that is not HTTPS, contact us so we can help you get more secure. Whether your site is created in WordPress or another format, wisnet.com can answer all of your questions about your website’s security and help you convert to HTTPS.

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