The Background Story
Why is Google doing this?Well, despite the many benefits of switching to HTTPS anyway, many site owners haven’t done so. Most sites, like Wandahome’s, don’t request particularly sensitive material. Most people look for security on a site when they do. However, for a while now, Google and other search engines have been on a mission to make the web more secure. Google has already taken action in this direction by announcing that HTTPS is a ranking signal, indexing secure pages over and above unsecured pages, just as they did with mobile friendly sites a couple of years ago.
This is big news for all of us online.
When Will Google Be Implementing The Changes?
Beginning January 2017, Google Chrome 56, the latest version of the world’s number one browser, will start showing a warning for un-encrypted sites, labelling them as “not secure” when a visitor goes to the site to enter information about themselves.
Without a doubt, SSL is the way forward. In the past, it was simply an extra layer of confidence for your site visitors. Now, with the changes that are coming quickly, there really is no option but to take your site Secure. It does also make deeper sense for the image of your business, ensuring that your visitors are looked after properly.