Hybis is always looking for new ways to help our clients through their online presence and would like to bring something to your attention that will effect your website and its visibility and security online.

Google has announced new efforts within Chrome to encourage webmasters and site owners to move their sites to HTTPS. From October this year, Google’s Chrome browser will show a warning message on pages that have search boxes or forms which is likely to deter users of your website from submitting information.

Does this affect you?

If you have forms (e.g. contact, quote, search, login and/or register form) on your website, this update from Google will affect you and the only solution is to install an SSL certificate to encrypt sensitive data visible when submitted via forms. There are different levels of data encryption and the fee for having an SSL in place varies accordingly. If you are not sending very sensitive information, for example card payment details, via your website a basic SSL will do the trick and costs roughly $35 per year. If you require a higher level of encryption we recommend DigiCert but please contact us before making any purchase.

What do you need to do?

If you would to add an SSL certificate to your website, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will need to setup and install the SSL certificate on your web hosting slot and make sure your website allows SSL (https://) connectivity to work correctly.

As an added benefit, having an SSL certificate installed on your website will also help improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) ranking which can have a positive effect on your organic search results. To read up further on the announcement from Google, please click here.