If you own or manage a website that uses web forms of any kind, here’s something you should know. Google is initiating a big change that could turn away 58% of your website visitors.
Starting in Mid-October 2017¹, with Chrome Browser Release 62, if you have any kind of web form on your website (subscription form, contact form, login form, etc.), and you have not implemented secure socket layer (SSL), any visitors who are using the Chrome Browser will receive a warning not to proceed (like the warning pictured above).
Chrome is the #1 browser on the Internet, with 58.4% of the market as of December 2016².
How Do I know If I’ve Implemented SSL?
If you’ve implemented SSL on your website, you’ll see an “https://” with a little lock in the top left of your browser bar. If it doesn’t show the lock, you do not have it.
Google Wants A Safer, More Secure Internet
Google sent a warning last year³ to webmasters about HTTP websites that use web forms and other input fields.
It said HTTP websites that use them will be be marked as ‘Not Secure’ starting in October, 2017, but I am already starting to see websites affected by this.
The Good News Is There’s An Easy Fix
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution that’s inexpensive, and it will help your website in more ways than one.
Cloudflare offers a free Shared SSL Certificate along with its free caching service. To sign up just go to Cloudflare, and sign up for a free account. To fully implement it, you’ll need to change your DNS with your domain registrar.
If you would like help setting this up, click here.
(2) According to StatCounter, Chrome is No. 1, with 58.4 percent of the market as of December 2016. By its count, Firefox is eating Chrome’s dust, with 13.45 percent. Safari is in third place, with 10.54 percent, followed by IE, with 8.92 percent, and then Edge, with 3.09 percent. Source: Chrome Is The Most Popular Web Browser Of All.
(3) Google’s Notice: https://blog.chromium.org/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html