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CHROME WEB BROWSER UPDATE

Ensuring your websites are safe from unauthorised access is vital to us. Google has recently announced that from July its Chrome web browser will flag every site that doesn’t use HTTPS encryption.

What is a secure HTTPS site?

HTTPS means encryption protects the channel between your browser and the website, ensures no one in the middle can tamper with the traffic or spy on what you’re doing. Without that encryption, someone with access to your router or ISP could intercept information sent to websites or inject malware into otherwise legitimate pages.

Previously Google started marking sites that had data entry fields (Forms, Passwords, Credit Cards) as insecure if they didn’t have a Secure certificate. With this upcoming update, EVERY site that isn’t HTTPS will be flagged as ‘not secure,’ whether it includes input fields or not.

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What does this mean for unsecure sites?

Google Chrome is the most popular browser across smart phone and desktop users taking over 55% of the market compared to Safari. If your site asks your customers to enter sensitive information such as names, address or credit card details, they're at risk of : 

  • Someone “listening” to their conversations, track their activities across multiple pages, or steal their information.

  • Their data being modified or corrupted during transfer, intentionally or otherwise, without being detected.

Data sent using HTTPS is significantly more secure and provides three layers of protection:

  • Encryption- encrypting the exchanged data to keep it secure from That means that while the user is browsing a website, nobody can “listen” to their conversations, track their activities across multiple pages, or steal their information.

  • Data integrity- data cannot be modified or corrupted during transfer, intentionally or otherwise, without being detected.

  • Authentication-  is the process of determining whether someone or something is, in fact, who or what it is declared to be. This protects them against man-in-the-middle attacks and builds user trust.

How to get your site secure

Our web design team, eTheory, have been transitioning sites to HTTPS to ensure they are web safe over the last 6 months. If you’re unsure if your site is secure the easiest way is to look at the URL of your website. If it ends with an S you’re secure!

If your site does need upgrading, we can help! Whether it’s an upgrade to HTTPS or you’re wanting a complete site design we’ve got it covered. We create all our websites from scratch  to suit each client’s brief. We believe that your site should be centred around your business, your brand and your target audience.

Get in contact with us today 0800 600 606 or email us at sales@computercare.co.nz. We want to get your site working for you and your business.

 


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