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Is Your Site Secure? The Chrome 56 Update Lets Users Know If Not

Do you have a secure website? Have you considered website security when  creating your brand presence online? What lengths have you gone to in order to ensure the privacy and security of your customers? If you accept passwords and credit card information on your site and don’t have an SSL certificate, the Chrome 56 update will be sure to let users know your site isn’t secure.

What does this mean? Let’s break it down.

What is an SSL Certificate and Why Do I Need It?

Even if you don’t know what an SSL certificate is, you’ve seen them in action. Look at the address bar of your browser. While reading this blog, you’ll notice a tiny green padlock and the word Secure next to the URL. Within our URL, you’ll see that it starts with HTTPS instead of HTTP. This is because we have an SSL certificate installed on the New Colony website.

An SSL certificate digitally binds a cryptographic key to a website’s details. An SSL certificate activates safety protocols like the padlock and HTTPS, meaning when visiting this site a secure connection is available between the web server and the browser. Sites with an SSL certificate keep sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, encrypted so only the intended recipient can understand it.

Chrome 56 Update and Website Security

When users are presented a webpage form that collects sensitive information, the Chrome 56 update will show a warning if the site isn’t using an SSL certificate. This new update places security front and center. If you have an e-commerce site or collect user passwords, it’s time to update your security to avoid being flagged as unsecured. Before, users could see the HTTP vs HTTPS in the address bar but weren’t formally warned when submitting information over an unsecured HTTP site. The Chrome 56 update changes that.

What does this mean for you? Being flagged as unsecured could drive away potential customers and result in a loss of revenue. Users want to be protected from identity thieves and hackers. The Chrome 56 update raises the bar on website security for users. For website owners, this means it’s time to upgrade your site to a secure domain.

Check Your Website Security

Want to know if your site will throw up an unsecured warning? GoDaddy has created a tool that scans your site and helps you determine whether or not your site will get hit with the warning. Use their Unsecure Form Scanner to see where you stand. It’s free!

Interested in upgrading your site to a secure connection with an SSL certificate? Contact New Colony Digital for more information about how we can help!

Anne Pick
anne@newcolonydigital.com

Anne Pick can ride her bike with no hands, swim underwater with her eyes open and considers herself a storyteller. Anne graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications. She writes freelance about music for The Source Weekly in Bend, Oregon, and operates New Colony Digital.

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