Web Talk

Welcome to the first 2017 edition of Web Talk, helping Kirklees website owners to prosper online.

The New Year has brought a significant update from Google, referring to changes it is making to its Chrome Browser, currently the most popular way for UK users to access the internet.

In this month’s Web Talk we’ll cover the implications that this has for website owners.

Google Chrome website security update

This month Google are due to launch the latest version of the Chrome Browser, and the biggest update concerns website security.

When users access a webpage that is prefixed http://, there is no security in place (secure pages are always prefixed https://).

If the page does not capture any log-in or payment credentials, then historically it didn’t need to be secure, but during the course of this year this is changing.

Google Chrome will begin to notify users that the website they are on is not secure as they roll out updates to their browser.

The first change will be that websites that capture users’ details that do not have a secure certificate (this means they are http:// rather than https://) will be flagged as ‘not secure’ to Chrome users.

This should not affect websites that have been professionally built, as website security has always been an essential part of data capture, so the first update will not affect many websites (unless browsed through the Chrome Incognito mode where all non-https:// pages will be flagged as not secure).

There has been a lot of scare-mongering where non-secure website owners have been contacted to pressurise them into panic-paying for expensive certificates ... but here are the key points for website owners.

How does this affect your website?

If your site is not https and you have a log-in or payment facility, by the end of January 2017 your website should be made secure to avoid the warnings.

If you do not have a log-in facility or take payments, don’t worry, you don’t need to panic if your website is non-https, but you do need to plan to update the security over the next few months.

Updating your website to https:// will involve adding a secure certificate (this is something that your hosting company can organise) and then redirecting your http:// pages to new https:// pages.

This is a relatively simple and low-cost exercise that can be undertaken by your website provider.

If you are concerned about the security of your own website, our support team will be more than happy to discuss website security with you – contact support@ascensor.co.uk.

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For more information contact andrew@ascensor.co.uk

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Ascensor are a Digital Agency providing website design, ecommerce and search engine optimisation.

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