We all feel a little insecure from time to time if your website doesn’t have HTTPS (the little green padlock) then when people fill out your contact, booking or email form in Google Chrome, the browser will show a big red alert icon and display the text “Not secure”.
HTTPS / SSL Secure Website Enabled:
HTTPS / SSL Not Enabled:
Google sent email notifications via the Google Search Console to website owners in 2018 stating that if you have contact forms on HTTP pages stating they will be marked as not secure. This is not a new notification. Google warned us of this a few months ago.
But what does not having a secure SSL certificate mean?
Basically it means if your site is not secure (HTTPS) then whenever a user starts to fill out your web form, they will see the “Not secure” alert.
Even though the actual technicalities of the form are no different to the past, it’s just that now the browser will display a more obvious warning where previously it went unnoticed.
What do I need to do to make my site secure??
If you’re unsure if your website is secure or not – visit your website and see if you have “https:” and a padlock in the address bar of your site and if there is then there is nothing else to worry about.
If you don’t see a padlock then make sure you get in touch so we can set up a secure certificate for your website.
Simply send us an enquiry using the form below to set up your site on a secure certificate or ask us about our website care plans.
This article is based off of the original article “Chrome Issues Final Warning” by Search Engine Journal, to read the original article in full, you can do so here.