Google has announced a deadline of July 2018 as the date for when Chrome will begin explicitly warning users if a site is insecure.
By insecure we mean using http instead of https. You can check this by looking for a little green padlock in the address bar of your browser.
After July 2018
More than 50 percent of Internet users worldwide use Chrome, meaning this change may have a significant impact.
Website security and hosting
Getting the cheapest hosting package available can seriously damage your websites reputation and security online. Google has taken the initiative and set a deadline for webmasters to upgrade to HTTPS to avoid getting a warning message shown to its visitors.
We think this initiative is long overdue and bolstering your website’s security can only be a good thing for your customers. Using contact forms or logins without HTTPS is no longer acceptable practice.
Taking regular backups is your best defence
You need to make sure that you have access to a recent backup of your websites files and databases. If your website is compromised for whatever reason you need the assurance that the issue can be resolved quickly and a backup restored.
GDPR helping to protect your users personal information
The recent introduction of GDPR on 25 May 2018 is a similar attempt to make websites more aware of their responsibilities of doing all they can to protect and inform their customers regarding the personal data that you hold.
If you have any questions relating to GDPR compliance or secure hosting please get in touch for a FREE audit and opinion on what action if any needs to be taken. We are not lawyers or experts but GDPR is all about transparency and common sense and these are issues which affect us all when doing business online!