Google Is Making A Stand!

June 6, 2018 / By

Google is making a stand!

People can sometimes be a bit lapse when it comes to IT security practices, not performing regular backups or protecting passwords, some even click on phishing emails links.  It’s not a concern until the worst happens, but then it’s too late.  Businesses are just the same, they don’t want disruption and other priorities get in the way.  Well, Google is saying ‘no more’!

SSL certificates are nothing new, they have been a requirement on e-commerce websites since they started taking payments over the web.

So, what is new for you..?  The main consideration for none e-commerce businesses is that they are not the only ones to be compromised by ignoring this warning, their visitors will be too.  Google wants businesses to offer greater security for web traffic.

What do you need to do..?  As a business you need to put something called SSL in place.  By doing this your visitors will see ‘https’ in your URL the ‘s’ means that any communication with the webpage is secure because it’s encrypted.

But this little ‘s’ isn’t enough…

Google Chrome (the world’s most popular browser) no longer trusts the following SSL Certificates: GeoTrust, Rapid SSL and Thawte branded SSL Certificates.  From July 2018 it will start naming and shaming businesses that don’t comply with the new security practices.

How can you check which SSL certificate you have?

  1. Open your website in Chrome to see if your site shows https
  2. Left click over the Green padlock – this will tell you if your certificate is valid
  3. Click on the word ‘valid’ to open up your certificate. In here you can see who provides your certificate and the valid from dates

What to do next:

  1. If you don’t have an ‘s’ get in touch with us and we will help secure your website.
  2. If you do have an ‘s’ but your certificate if with one of the companies mentioned above, get in touch with us and we will provide you with a valid certificate.

As a responsible business owner or decision maker it’s important that you take the opportunity to ensure you have a valid SSL Certificate and if not, you need to replace it as soon as possible.

If you do not comply after July, your visitors will be warned when landing on your website.