For years, Google have been trying to push developers to create ‘secure by default’ websites. Starting this summer, Google is finally rolling out a policy that marks all non-HTTPS websites as “not secure”, meaning July will be a busy month for changes from Google.

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a more secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The ‘S’ at the end stands for ‘secure’ and it means all the information sent between your browser and website are encrypted – making it more secure.

Google have always been subtley forcing people towards HTTPS for a couple of years now, with ranking boots to a websites SEO – and it’s worked.

  • Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
  • Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
  • 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

Moving from HTTP to HTTPS is become a much easier process than it used to be and you don’t have a real excuse not to have a HTTPS website – with many different free SSL certificates around.

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