Buckle your seat belts: Google Chrome is in the midst of some big changes that will affect website security for you and your business. What’s happening, you ask? The latest version of Google Chrome, released last month, marks all pages collecting passwords or credit cards as non-secure if they are not HTTPS / SSL. This is going to shake things up!

What does this mean for your website? It may appear to your clients that the security of your webpage has been compromised, even though that is not the case. When visiting an HTTP page, a warning will appear to the viewer that the page they are about to view is deceptive and possibly dangerous. They can still proceed to the site, but Google Chrome encourages them not to by way of the “red screen of death”.

How can you resolve this issue? The easiest solution involves turning your page into an HTTPS page, or securing it. This is done by setting up SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer. SSL encrypts data to create a secure connection between the client and the server, protecting the client’s information. SSL can be easily and affordably configured, and will likely become standard for websites as of this year.

Overall, this issue only affects Google Chrome users, and is easily resolved. However, it is an important issue to understand, as it affects the experience and trust of those viewing your website. If you’d like Google’s official word on the issue, you can visit their Online Security Blog.

Not sure how to start? Let us know. MicroBrand can secure your site for you and help ensure that your clients, prospective clients and visitors to your site have a positive online experience with your business.