Please be advised that Google Chrome has begun an initiative to further secure web browsing by strongly encouraging all websites to move from HTTP to HTTPS. Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show a “Not Secure” warning in two additional situations: when users enter data on an HTTP page (such as a search bar), and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.
Here is an example of what an end user will encounter when inputting data or when using a private browser:
How will this affect me long term?
Long term all HTTP sites will need to support HTTPS in Google Chrome. Currently, Google is giving us time to make the move by displaying a “Not Secure” warning only when users enter data of any kind on an HTTP page. Eventually, Google plans to label ALL HTTP pages as “Not Secure,” although the exact date for when this will happen has not been decided. There is a lot to be said for creating a more secure internet connection. HTTPS pages verify that the sender and the receiver are legitimate and authorized to talk to one another.
To get the full statement from Google on this initiative, feel free to read their blog:
What is GTxcel doing in response to this internet change?
We are currently investigating HTTPS solutions for our publishers, and are working closely with our hosting provider to ensure we are making the best decisions regarding our infrastructure and obtaining HTTPS certificates. We will be sending out additional information on our next steps as they become available.
What are the action steps I need to take to get my site to HTTPS?
At this point, there is nothing you need to do. We will notify you shortly with a detailed plan and any action steps that will be required. In the meantime, feel free to read Google’s blog above and contact us should you have additional questions.
We are working steadily towards a solution in response to Google Chrome’s anticipated change and will keep you posted as we move forward together towards a more secure web experience.