Google has again warned website owners that having your website remain on HTTP and not migrating to HTTPS using an SSL Certificate could have a negative affect on your site.
From October 2017 any contact form on a page that is not HTTPS will be flagged by Google Chrome as Not Secure, and may have a red triangle to make this stand out to potential visitors.
Emails via Google Search Console have already started being sent out to the webmasters alerting them to this, see the example below.
The email, with the subject line “Chrome will show security warnings for” stated that “Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the ‘Not secure’ warning in two additional situations: when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.”
Before this many site owners thought that if they weren’t an eCommerce site and didn’t take payment information over there site that they would not need to migrate to HTTPS. But it now appears that any website with a contact form, which could be 99% to 100% of all websites, that do not migrate to HTTPS run the risk of losing customers, as visitors to a website that warns you that it’s not secure will think twice about even filling in a simple form after October.
If you are hosted with Compute, and haven’t already moved to HTTPS, please contact us today.