Get an SSL Certificate Now: Google Marking Sites Non-Secure Starting in January 2017
In January 2017, Google will mark sites without SSL certificates as non-secure. Make sure you have an SSL certificate on your website, so your site isn’t one the tech giant marks as non-secure in the new version of Chrome.
What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL certificate, also known as a digital certificate or secure socket layer, encrypts data between a website and browser. You can identify sites with an SSL certificate by the “s” at the end of the “http” in the browser bar. For example, https://pointtakenpr.com has an SSL certificate. If your browser showed http://pointtakenpr.com, it would mean the site did not have an SSL certificate.
With the release of Chrome 56, the new version of the Chrome browser, Google begin notifying users when a site collects passwords or credit cards and does not have an SSL certificate.
Your site should have a secure green bar in the browser window on every page of your website:
You may also have to update settings in your content management system (such as WordPress) and internal links or image files to begin with https instead of http.
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How Do I Get an SSL Certificate for My Site?
Whether or not you are collecting sensitive data on your website, you don’t want customers or donors to potentially see a non-secure notice on your website. Get your SSL certificate now by contacting your hosting provider or contacting Point Taken for assistance.
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