May 4, 2020
As TLS and SSL set a new benchmark for securely browsing the internet, devices and web browsers are equally raising the bar for presenting users a safe experience. As part of this effort, Google Chrome now displays a “Not Secure” warning in the web address bar when users visit a website without a valid SSL certificate. In the current version of Google Chrome (v63), this warning will only appear when entering information into a form, or if the browser thinks you’re trying to submit any type of secure information like login names and passwords. This warning will eventually occur on any HTTP page, but no timeline has been established.
HTTPS encrypts the communication between a web server and the browser. By browsing via HTTPS (using TLS/SSL ciphers), we can prevent interference and intrusion such as injected advertisements and stolen data like passwords or credit card numbers. Any traffic sent unencrypted can be read and even modified by anyone between you and the website.
At this current time, Google Chrome browsers will be prompted that their connection is insecure any time the browser thinks you’re sending or receiving sensitive information. The warning may not appear immediately when browsing to a website. For example, when trying to log in to a website over HTTP, the browser will warn the user via the address bar only after the login field has been selected.
While a safer browsing experience is important to all users of the internet, there are some hosting providers and website owners that this will impact more than others. For example:
A Domain Validated (DV) SSL certificate from cPanel will provide the encryption level necessary to give you HTTPS, earn a padlock symbol, and avoid the “Not Secure” warning. This is the baseline protection that will ensure your communication with your users is encrypted.
In addition to Domain Validation, cPanel offers a variety of SSL certificates including Organizational Validation (OV) and Extended Validation (EV). By selecting the top-tier Extended Validation, your certificate acquisition goes through additional checks to make sure your organization is legitimate and being properly represented. Choosing Extended Validation rewards your website with a company name badge dictating the most secure experience currently offered on the web.