HTTPS and the future
There are imminent plans by big internet companies to make ‘non-secure’ websites more noticeable to web page visitors. While the immediate plans will only be directed towards web pages dealing with sensitive information, such as credit cards and log-ins, the plan is to make this the case for all websites.
Currently, Chrome displays a circle with an ‘i’ inside it for unsecured sites. Firefox does the same and while Safari doesn’t alert you to unsecured sites it does display a padlock for secure sites. The examples below show how, in future, Chrome and Firefox will put more emphasis on alerting people, with the eventual red triangles offering a rather alarming warning.
As well as the potential impact this could have on visitors to your website Google are also using the secure status of your site as a ranking tool.
The new Google Chrome http alert
This image shows how Chrome displays a non-secure credit card or login page and how they will in the future
The future Google Chrome http alert
This is the future treatment Chrome will be giving non-secure pages (quite alarming!)
The current Firefox http alert
The new non-secure Firefox alert
The new non-secure sign in alert
Obviously the point of all of this is to make people aware of the security of the website they’re visiting and in turn encourage web developers to make their websites HTTPS by default.
All the websites that Brighton Website Design host are now HTTPS as will be any future websites.