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Back in February Google announced that starting with Chrome 68 sites not using https will be marked as insecure. Well folks, here we go—Chrome 68 is scheduled to be released tomorrow. Is your website ready?

You can see in the Google Chrome 68 release notes what this will look like.

According to Statcounter, Chrome had just under 60% of the market share in June 2018. if your site is still not running on https this could scare off a great many of your visitors.

Https is not just for sites that accept transactions! It’s important that every site be secure now.

So what are your options? This is a pretty involved subject, and I am going to give a very brief overview.

Many hosting accounts these days include an SSL in their package, or at the very least they make one available for an extra fee. If your hosting account does include a free SSL and you don’t have it in place do so now. It is not mandatory. however, that you get your SSL certificate from your hosting provider. There are many reputable sources.

There are also some free sources. If you are not taking payments I suggest the Flexible SSL setup from Cloudflare. Another free source is Let’s Encrypt

When you switch from http to https it’s important to make sure that all of your internal links and urls of external resources are https. Otherwise, you will have a mixed content problem and you still won’t have that lovely green padlock and the word secure following it, like you see in the address bar of this website.

Really Simple SSL is a great free plugin to help fix those internal links.

If this topic confuses you, gives you a headache, or you just don’t want to deal with it, we can do it for you. Give us a call or use the form at the bottom of this page. We’ll treat ya right, and your site will be safe and secure in no time.