July 24, 2018
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Coinciding with the release of Chrome 68, 24th July 2018 has seen Google mark all non-HTTPS sites as being ‘not secure’ within its Chrome browser.
The news shouldn’t surprise many website developers, as Google announced the timing of Chrome 68’s launch back in February and has also been strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption to achieve a more secure web infrastructure for users for the past several years. However, it is only from this month that all HTTP sites will look like this in a user’s Chrome browser:
It is therefore crucial that website owners and developers switch their sites to HTTPS. Standing for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, HTTPS is an internet communication protocol that is designed to protect both the confidentiality and integrity of data between the computer a user is on and the website they are visiting.
Any data sent using the HTTPS protocol is secured via the Transport Layer Security (or TLS for short), which has these three critical layers of protection:
Fail to protect your website and users could become vulnerable to one or more of the following issues: brute force attacks, DDOS attacks, downgrade attacks, hacking of a website, server and/or network, software vulnerabilities, and SSL.TLS vulnerabilities.
So, how do you implement HTTPS across your website if you haven’t already? There’s a few best practices to bear in mind during the process:
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