You may (or may not!) have seen in the news this year about Google Chrome updating its security policy. With effect from October 17th 2017, all websites (and I mean ALL) collecting any data from any visitors – even a contact form, or a name and email address for a newsletter – will be required to use an SSL certificate, otherwise you will be flagged as a potentially insecure website to Chrome users.

Your website could soon look like this!

You’ve possibly noticed this already, especially if you bank online, make purchases on Amazon or eBay, or get your daily news fix from the BBC. You will see the http in the URL becomes https instead to show the site is secure.

You can read more about these changes and why they are happening directly from Google themselves.

You personally may prefer to use another browser over Chrome whenever you go online, however as it represents a 60% market share of desktop browser usage, your business cannot afford to ignore such a large percentage of your existing and potential customers.

If your website provider has not been in contact with you yet about this, I strongly encourage you to proactively give them a nudge. Most should be able to offer a solution for you and your business to keep things ticking over nicely. If you find you have any problems with them however, WSI are more than happy to extend the offer we are making to our own clients to you too. Please ask for details (all prices quoted exclude VAT).

If you have any questions about this, please get in touch.