Using forms on your site? Get your SSL together. Chrome to warn users of “insecure” HTTP sites.

Marni MacLeod

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:

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  • 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:

HTTP Warning

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:

HTTPS Chrome

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.

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