Google is continuing their ongoing quest to ‘clean up the internet’ by announcing, starting January 2017, their Chrome Browser will begin flagging some websites that don’t use encryption as ‘Not Secure’. Back in 2015 they set their sites on improving usability by placing an ultimatum on websites that were built without a responsive framework, but now their ever-watchful eye is firmly focussed on beefing up security.
What is encryption?
Website encryption is commonly used when sending personal information to an end user. This data is then translated into a complex ‘secret code’ which is indecipherable unless you have the ‘key’ or ‘password’ which enables you to encrypt it… sounds a little James Bond-ish doesn’t it?
Encryption is the simplest, safest and most effective way to securely send data from one person to another.
There has been a collective effort web-wide to reinforce security, improve privacy and prevent hackers from accessing vital information. Initially, Google intend on calling out unencrypted websites that require users to insert passwords or credit card details; which will be identified with the ‘Not Secure’ icon. This is currently only displayed when there is an identifiable issue with the page, but this will eventually include all websites without encryption.
If you’re interested in boosting your privacy, or are unsure of how your current site is set up, we are able to review, test and build in encryption to increase the longterm security of your website.