Google’s new age of Secure Internet is set to take another giant leap forward this coming July with the launch of Chrome 68.
For the past several years, Google has been increasingly advocating the use of HTTPS by gradually introducing not secure warnings to more and more HTTP pages. But soon, with the release of Chrome 68 due out on July 1st, 2018, Chrome will begin marking all HTTP sites that don’t have an SSL Certificate as “Not Secure”.
Chrome is dedicated to making it as easy as possible to set up HTTPS. Mixed content audits are now available to help developers migrate their sites to HTTPS in the latest Node CLI version of Lighthouse, an automated tool for improving web pages. The new audit in Lighthouse helps developers find which resources a site loads using HTTP, and which of those are ready to be upgraded to HTTPS simply by changing the subresource reference to the HTTPS version.
Additionally, Google has been down-ranking sites that have not been secured with an SSL certificate over the course of the last year quietly. They confirmed doing so over a teleconference with Tucows and a number of their resellers, such as us, during a webinar for SSL certificates.
That being said, That Hosting Company has made efforts to provide a free SSL certificate for all Shared and Managed WordPress website services through our systems. We can show you how to implement the free “Let’s Encrypt” SSL certificates to your Dedicated Servers and VPS so that you can be ready for the changeover. From Google’s perspective, there should be absolutely no reason for your site to not be secure. While we do provide you with the initial “Let’s Encrypt” SSL Certificate for free, it is still highly suggested to purchase an SSL Certificate if you wish to do any selling on your website to protect the transaction.