There’s Less Than Two Months Before Browsers Start Penalizing Sites Without SSL.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: SSL is no longer optional. It’s mandatory. Regardless of what kind of site your customers are running, soon they’ll be penalized by the browser community for not having encryption.

Already, the browsers are rewarding encrypted sites with SEO ranking boosts and the use of advanced features. But soon, non-encrypted sites will be given negative security indicators and actively labeled “not secure” in the address bar.

From January 2017, Google Chrome (version 56 and onwards) will begin marking HTTP sites that transmit passwords or request credit card details as “not secure”.

The move comes as part of a longer term strategy to eventually label all non-HTTPS sites as insecure within Google’s browser, helping users to browse the web more safely.

The current neutral indicator that’s displayed for HTTP connections in Google Chrome doesn’t point out their lack of security. It is possible for someone else on the same network to look at or interfere with a website using an HTTP connection before it reaches you.

Sites that do make use of an HTTPS connection will continue to be labelled with a green padlock icon, marking them as secure. The lack of a secure icon however, is not enough for users to recognize a site as insecure. The new label for HTTP sites will help highlight their insecure nature to users.

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The Gradual Plan

Google’s plan to label HTTP sites will include the introduction of indicators gradually:

  • Firstly, starting in January 2017 on Chrome 56 – the aforementioned “not secure” label for HTTP sites with password or credit card form fields.
  • Subsequent releases – further warnings, for instance, HTTP sites being labelled as “not secure” when users are in Incognito mode, with higher privacy expectations.
  • Eventually – all HTTP sites to be labelled as “not secure”, displayed with a red triangle like the current broken HTTPS indicator.

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This announcement by Google should act as a warning call to website owners. If you haven’t already, it is now more important than ever to consider switching your site to HTTPS to avoid being flagged as “not secure” in Chrome.

This label could put off potential customers from trusting your site’s content and security, leading them to turn elsewhere for their desired products or services. Along with the fact that a small search engine ranking boost is given to sites that make use of HTTPS, this should provide sufficient reason to make the switch.

NTSPL Hosting can help you switch your site over to a secure HTTPS connection, and avoid being labelled as “not secure” in Google Chrome. To find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tips for Choosing the Right Web Hosting Company in India

Websites are designed to handle customers 24×7. Any downtime affects the website’s reputation as well as hindering the ability to handle the customers. A good hosting service ensures that your website will have the maximum uptime possible. They also ensure speed of access, security, and services like backup and data tracking. Additional options and services are available for special needs.

When a website is down, it is like a closed shop that customers are not able to access. Websites with high downtimes see significant drops in their search rankings. Security breaches and lost revenue are other major concerns. Thus, it is best to choose a good web hosting company who is able to deliver on its promises and provide high-quality services. Some tips that will help you choose the right web hosting company in India are explained here.

Know Your Needs: Understanding the business needs will narrow down the options. If a business is planning to design a website that provides 24-hour live streaming, video blogging and allows the visitors to upload their videos, then it requires more features than a standard website and you need a specific web hosting company that is able to deliver the quality services required for your website.

Choose the Right Package: Many small businesses opt for shared hosting to save money. But with the small price tags comes a bigger risk of slow response times with websites and in such scenario, it is better to opt for options like VPS. It may be slightly expensive but highly effective in nature.

Get the Right Amount of Bandwidth: Many new websites do not use too much bandwidth but it is important to leave room for growth. For that, choose the company who does not lock you in certain criteria of bandwidth and charge additional fees if you want to revise your plan.

Read the Terms of Service: One should properly read the terms of service and do not just skim through them. Many people accept the terms without even properly going through the document. It includes various important factors like refund policy and that might be of high use in the later part of the business.

Ask About Security Features: Security breaches happen in almost every company, whether they are big or small. One has to make sure that the hosting company they are choosing is able to provide secure socket layers to safeguard the private information about the company and its customers. It provides customers safe transactions and it is a feature that must be offered by a web hosting company.