If you run a website, you have probably heard of securing your website with SSL/HTTPS as opposed to just HTTP. From a high level, this would mean that when folks navigate to your site, they use https://<yoursite> instead of http://<yoursite>. You’ve possibly also read that you don’t need to bother with a secure website if you are not selling things or taking sensitive information. Well, millions of security experts would probably argue that there really is no reason a site shouldn’t be secured these days.
The Google Chrome Effect
Among those security-minded experts is a little company called Google. Last week, Google announced that Google Chrome would start marking sites that use HTTP as “not secure” in a July 2018 update. Instead of seeing the following when users visit your HTTP site:
Starting in July 2018, they will see this instead:
How Your Users May React
Now, a lot of your users may not bat an eye at this, and they’ll go ahead and proceed into your site, but the folks who have hopefully had secure practices pounded into their heads by their company’s basic security training may think twice before continuing on to your site. I know as a blog owner just starting out, I can’t afford to lose any potential visitors here at the site. Furthermore, I am obligated to provide my users with a secure environment in which to get their Big Guy on Stuff fix!
What Can You Do, Now?
If you want to get in front of this change early, and you should, then you need to make sure that your site works over HTTPS. Here at Big Guy on Stuff, we are committed to making the internet a safer place, so we are developing some posts and documents on how you can do this within various services. If you want to be one of the first to get this information, please sign up for our email list.
But I Don’t Even want to Try to do any of this Technical Stuff!
Maybe web development and server administration aren’t your thing. Maybe you signed up for a WordPress site or some managed provider for this very reason. Or, maybe you know how to do all of this, but you just don’t have the time or feel like it. To help foster a secure internet, Big Guy on Stuff is announcing our “Big Tasks” service. Our first two offered services will be, “Enable HTTPS on My Site.” and “Move My Domain Name or Modify other DNS Records.”
If you are interested, you can actually purchase them right now in our Big Tasks store! We will then reach out to you to schedule time to work with you. If you are uneasy about paying up front, you can use our custom, consultation job, and we will work with you to figure out what you need and what it will cost. You can sign up for the email list at this link to be notified whenever we add more services to this list, and you can use the contact us form to reach out for custom orders. The first 20 people who sign up will get 20% off of their service, so act now!
Call to Action
Whatever you do, you must take this seriously as Chrome is a highly popular browser that many of your visitors use. Whether you use our posts or guides, or you enlist our help for your Big Tasks, you have to do something. The sooner you do it before July, the less impact your users will see. Let us know in the comments or via the contact us link above which services you want us to add to our posts/guide first.