Google To Block Visitors To Websites Like Yours Starting In October!
Chrome to show Security Warnings To Those Sites That Use Contact or RFQ Forms and Do Not Have An SSL Certificate In Place.
Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.
How Do I Check If My Site Will Be Effected?
Go to your website and if the address bar shows http://yoursite.com instead of https://yoursite.com and you have any kind of form on your site, you will be effected.
Below are the forms you most likely would have on your site that would cause the warning:
- Contact Form
- Request For Quote Form
- Search Box
- Newsletter SignUp Form
How Many Visitors Actually Use Chrome?
Our data from several manufacturing/industrial clients shows an average of 56% of visitors come to your site using the Chrome browser. That number is way to large to ignore!
How Do I Fix This?
SSL certificates can be purchased from several companies and installed on your hosting server. Virtually all hosting companies will do this for you if you buy the SSL certificate through them. SSL certificates range from $30 to $200 depending on the type of hosting and website you have.
What if I have several websites, but they are hosted on the same server?
Each domain name will need its own SSL certificate; ex: www.mydomain.com & www.mydomain.net would each need their own SSL.
What if we host our website on our own in-house server?
Your IT person will need to handle the installation and purchase of the SSL certificate.
What are the specific details of what’s required from Google?
Here is a link to Google’s instructions: Secure your site with HTTPS
I Don’t Understand Any Of This!
I will be happy to help you out in any way I can. You can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can point you in the right direction.