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HTTP, HTTPS, Not Secure, and what it means to you
Posted by Matt Kinne on 27 April 2017 03:57 PM

Security Warning Icons

Lately, you might have noticed that more and more websites are showing the words “Not Secure” in your web browser window. It might even be present on your site. Now, before you get worried that your data or your viewer's data is being compromised, let us explain this a little more in-depth. "Not Secure" is accurate, but may or may not be significant depending on how you are using your site.

In most cases, nothing on the site has changed to trigger this message, the browser is simply providing the user with data that already existed in a more direct manner. Recently, Chrome and Firefox have come out with a new update to their browsers which detect if websites have SSL certificates installed or not. You'll notice some websites that do not have an SSL certificate will say "Not secure" in the URL window while others won't say anything, as in the past.

There are two main reasons that the words “Not Secure” appear on a webpage since Chrome and Firefox’s latest update: password field and credit card fields. These are considered sensitive data, and if it is being sent over an unsecured website (http and not https), the data can be compromised.

This goes back to our earlier statement about how you use your website. If you are selling products, collecting user info (such as emails, content, etc.), or storing sensitive files on your web server, it is best to keep that information safe. If you are just using your website as a blog or as a landing page for your business, you probably don’t need to get an SSL certificate.

At the end of the day, if you have any questions about your website’s security, you can always ask Evolve Systems for recommendations. We are always happy to help.

Here is a good article from Google explaining the different security statuses:

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