Check your HTTP or risk scaring clients off
Google Chrome is notifying site owners of “HTTP” sites that, starting October 1, 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users type text into forms on an HTTPs pages. That includes forms like:
- Get a Free Consultation
- Book Appointment
- Contact Us
- Find a Provider
If you do not have a SSL certificate (aka Secure Socket Layer), when someone accesses forms on your site they will receive a warning that the page is not secure…like this:
Not exactly a reassuring message for clients is it?
The warning is part of the longer term plan to mark all HTTP pages as “not secure.”
So, What do you do now?
If your site’s domain already displays as https://www.sitename.ca like this:
Pat yourself on the back and go have a coffee.
If it does not, then it’s time to schedule migrating your site to HTTPS. Talk to your webmaster (or your IT folks) about how to do this. Many hosting companies offer SSL certificates (the ticket to HTTPS) as part of their hosting packages.
If you are a Skunkworks retainer client, we’ll be sending out notifications if you need to make the transition.