You may or may not be aware that there are two kinds of connections when you browse a website: “secure” and “insecure“. Secure connections are backed by some form of security certificate and run on an encrypted string. Over the past few years there has been an initiative to encourage websites to operate under encrypted communications. This week, the first hammer has dropped.
If you use Chrome, the latest update may change your experience of visiting your favorite sites. You’ll be greeted by a warning page when you visit regular old “HTTP” sites that do not have a security certificate and communicate under the 128 bit secure connection.
It’s OK to accept a site that you have previously visited (and trust), but beware of sites you have not.
You may want to contact your favorite website admins if they are not already HTTPS compliant. Additionally Google has begun to demote non secure sites from search results, so if you have a website of your own, I strongly encourage adding SSL certificate. Google has started to “demote” websites on it’s search engine that do not have a certificate, so that is incentive as well.
Further reading : Chrome’s HTTP warning seeks to cut web surveillance, tampering
Author: Rick Wiley
Rick is a 5x Dad, Husband, Web Developer, Net Security Nut and all around old geek.