Come July 2018 Chrome will be marking HTTP (Hypertext transfer protocol) sites as ‘not secure’ according to the announcement made by Google at the beginning of the year. This is a move that Firefox already executed in 2017, and it has not worked well with small business owners who still use HTTP. Luckily for many, the percentage of those using Firefox is low.
Over 50% of web users use Chrome as their primary browser. From July all these will be greeted with caution whenever they try to access HTTP sites. This will not work in favor of more than 50% of websites that have not switched to HTTPS (hypertext transfer protocol secure).
HTTPS was officially included as a search engine optimization (SEO) tool in 2014. The fact that Google took time to announce this means it is a big deal outrightly. Google never reveals ranking factors to avoid fraudulent people playing with the system.
Any website that takes personal data from the users and truly cares should take security seriously. It is clear that the benefits are way mo156o\re than the drawbacks. If you are yet to make the switch to HTTPS, you have a few months to do so. Here is a comprehensive step by step guide to help you cross the pond.