Internet security is important to all of us. At least, it should be. And while we know that keeping your (or your customers') data secure is probably near the top of your list, you may not be aware of the latest changes to browsers aimed at making the Internet safer for all users. These changes could affect how your customers perceive your business, especially if you're marketing or selling online.
If you've ever found yourself checking a browser's URL to see if the site you're using is secure, you've likely noticed a lock icon in the address bar that tells you some sites are being served up over HTTPS – meaning they have a valid SSL certificate to protect any data being transmitted. But with Google's January release of Chrome 56, any sites that accept credit card or password data without an SSL will display “Not Secure” in the address bar.
If you're using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to browse the web, you may be tempted to think this is no big deal, but browser statistics prove otherwise. Nearly 50% of people access the web using the Chrome browser. And over 77% of web searches are done through Google. Sites with HTTPS are already being given higher rankings in Google searches.
If you're ready to protect your investment in your online presence, we're here to help. The use of HTTPS and SSL are not new to us – Spud Software has been providing companies with secure solutions for years. Just give us a call and take the first step toward protecting the security of your site.