Starting in January, your visitors may drop off your website if they see an insecure message from Google Chrome. Google announced in September “To help users browse the web safely, Chrome indicates connection security with an icon in the address bar. Historically, Chrome has not explicitly labelled HTTP connections as non-secure. Beginning in January 2017 (Chrome 56), we’ll mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.” Below is an example:
As a precaution, in November, SSL was added to the Giraffe Web hosting servers and most websites qualify for the free version. If your website does not collect credit card information or have any type of login area to store passwords, then your site should not be alerted as insecure right away. However, our plan is that by the end of the 1st quarter of 2017 is to have all the websites hosted at Giraffe Web behind the https.
All other websites at other webhosts will be evaluated by Giraffe Web on a case-by-case basis, and we will let you know if your webhost offers Free SSL or you need to pay additional fees to enable SSL on your website.
Any questions? Please feel free to contact us at http://www.giraffeweb.net/giraffe-request.php or call us at 864-232-6363.