Google recently sent out some emails about the “Nonsecure Collection of Passwords.” If your clients tend to use Chrome as a browser, as do roughly 56% of internet users as of this posting, and your site uses any type of form, it is time to consider making your site more secure by using SSL.
Google has been steadily pushing the internet towards SSL.
The latest push came in the form of emails like this:
You might have received an email like this if your website contains a form on an unsecure page (that’s a page that starts with “http://” instead of “https://”).
Why does this matter to me?
If you don’t currently collect user information at all on your website, then it doesn’t concern you today. However, it will in the relatively near future (keep reading). If you already collect any type of user information (name, password, address, email, etc), and your users are among the 56% of web users on Chrome, the “not secure” warning might scare them away from your website.
How can I fix the nonsecure collection of passwords warning?
If you don’t want your clients to close out their browser window, afraid that your site is not secure when they see Google’s “not secure” warning on Chrome, the only real solution is to get an SSL certificate.
Some hosts offer these for free through their hosting packages. Others can be purchased for a yearly fee.
Keep in mind that while this may not affect you just yet if you’re not using web forms on your site, this is just one of many steps Google has already taken or intends to take in its efforts to secure the web at large. In the long run, Google will show an unsecure warning on any page not transmitted over HTTPS.
RED is happy to help you get an SSL certificate set up on your website if you’re ready to take that leap, so Google’s changes don’t cause you to lose traffic to your website. Just drop us a line!