Over a year ago, Google basically started to threaten web site owners that any website which did not have Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) installed would be marked as “Insecure.” They actually tried this with an update to their popular Chrome browser and all hell broke loose with people pushing back energetically. Google soon backed off, removing the the “Big Red Insecure Flag,” but promised to revisit this down the road. The delay gave many website owners the wake-up call and time to respond. Slowly the number of websites without SSL has diminished.
ZDNet is reporting that Google has again set a date when the “Big Red Insecure Flag” would be returning soon: “Come July 2018, with the release of Chrome 68, any site not protected with Secure-Socket Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) will be marked with the red-triangle of an insecure site. Unless you secure your site, you can kiss your web traffic goodbye”.
Last October, we here at jebswebs made the decision that ALL customers whose renewal date comes after December 31, 2017 will have the SSL certificates installed and consequently will see an increase in their annual hosting bill.
In anticipation of the changes announced by Google (and other browser developers have indicated they will follow suit), the process of updating the sites will commence soon.