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    This is not a field where I am very expert but my understanding is that Google is trying to push everyone to have a secure site. What I have read is that after some date later this year if you go on a site that is HTTP rather than HTTPS you will get a warning that the site isn't secure and asking if you want to proceed. That may have a negative effect on site traffic. I also think that as they have favored sites in searches that were responsive they will use HTTPS as a weighting factor.

    Most of the web hosts I have seen lately seem to be encouraging people to use "Lets Encript" which gives you a free SSL certificate. I spent Friday morning watching YouTube videos of how to install a free SSL from Lets encript. Some methods didn't look too bad and others were so far over my head that I might was well be trying to prove the theory of relativity. I ended up going on fiverr and finding a guy who installed them for $ 15.00 along with a script to auto renew so I didn't have to fool with it every 90 days. He did a great job and fast and I do have the green padlock not the gray one. I had him do 5 of my sites and are redoing 3 more and changing hosting companies when I redo them so will do them later. Monday I hope to start redoing my main site.

    Some of my sites do have a cart but if they use the cart it goes to the Cart's secure page. It always seemed to be a waste to me to have an SSL certificate on a site where you are not selling anything but Google seems to do what Google wants to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turboguy View Post
    This is not a field where I am very expert but my understanding is that Google is trying to push everyone to have a secure site. What I have read is that after some date later this year if you go on a site that is HTTP rather than HTTPS you will get a warning that the site isn't secure and asking if you want to proceed. That may have a negative effect on site traffic. I also think that as they have favored sites in searches that were responsive they will use HTTPS as a weighting factor.
    This started in October 2017. For now it's just the Chrome browser. I have started seeing warnings using Firefox as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by turboguy View Post
    Some of my sites do have a cart but if they use the cart it goes to the Cart's secure page. It always seemed to be a waste to me to have an SSL certificate on a site where you are not selling anything but Google seems to do what Google wants to do.
    The issue is that by default the web is not secure. That means anyone with simple skills can "sniff" your connection as it's traveling along this open, public, unlocked system of connected computers. Including marketers, your ISP, law enforcement and governments if they so please.

    Additionally if your computer or network is infected or has been breached bad people can also redirect you to where ever they want you to go, including spoofed log in pages and fake websites.

    What https does is wrap your transmission inside an encrypted tunnel so that no one can see inside as it's traveling to the secure website.

    Even though not all sites are secure, you still protect yourself by using browser tools like
    https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere or just use a VPN to insure your connection is always secure no matter where you go.

    For your customers and website visitors, assume they are not as savvy and go the extra mile to give them peace of mind that you care about their security. It's not even the extra mile anymore, it's expected that every site will be secure.
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    This video from Google Developers Conference 2014 is 45 minutes long, but if anyone wants to geek out and understand more it's a good watch.

    https://youtu.be/cBhZ6S0PFCY
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