Following on from our previous post about free SSL on WordPress websites. Google has now announced that from January 2017 any website using an unsecure HTTP connection that has any form of password login or credit card forms will now receive an “Not Secure” warning.

Studies show that users do not perceive the lack of a “secure” icon as a warning, but also that users become blind to warnings that occur too frequently. Our plan to label HTTP sites more clearly and accurately as non-secure will take place in gradual steps, based on increasingly stringent criteria,‘ explained Google’s Emily Schechter in a blog post on the changes, describing the shift as ‘part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.

The changes to Chrome come after Google modified its internal PageRank search algorithm to boost pages which offered TLS-protected HTTPS connectivity over HTTP-exclusive versions. The company had originally announced its intentions to warn about HTTP connectivity back in January, but has only now committed to a go-live date.

If your domain is with us and you have a WordPress based website, we will be gradually rolling out SSL(HTTPS) on your domain in the coming months.

For all other clients, or potential new clients, please contact us to request a quote for the installation of SSL on your domain.