Why you need a secure website right now — avoid the Chrome ‘Not Secure’ warning
UPDATE — JULY 24, 2018: Today Google began rolling out Chrome 68. Now, Google’s browser will display a “Not Secure” warning next to the website in the address bar if the site is not secured with HTTPS.
When the next version of Google Chrome launches in July it’ll have a whole new look if you don’t have a secure website. As in a big, Not Secure warning next to your domain name in the address bar.
If you don’t have a secure, encrypted connection for visitors to your website — which you can only get with a trusted SSL certificate — then your potential customers will be told by Chrome: Not Secure. It also opens your business up to hackers.
Read all about how Google Chrome 68 is raising the bar on website security.
What can you do to get a secure website before the Google Chrome Not Secure warning takes effect?
GoDaddy has all the tools you need to create a secure website, or to secure your existing site. Keep reading to learn how we can help you now, or give us a call.
Check to see if your website is secure
There’s an easy way to find out if your website is at risk of being labeled “Not Secure” by Google Chrome. Simply enter your web address here. If it comes back flagged Not Secure, get an SSL Certificate now — either through a free provider or a full-service provider like GoDaddy.
Build a secure website with do-it-yourself tools
GoDaddy offers a number of tools that make it a snap to build a secure website, no technical expertise required.
GoDaddy Website Builder. You’ve got something you want to share with the world, but building your own website can seem like a daunting task. Who wants to deal with code, anyway? Luckily, you don’t have to. Instead, Website Builder is a modular website builder that makes it simple to create your own secure website in about an hour — just choose one of the website plans or eCommerce Store.
With GoDaddy Website Builder, your website will automatically display the green lock — a security icon required by Google and trusted by visitors.
GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting.
Looking for an easier-to-build WordPress website? With GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress Hosting, our Quick Start Wizard enables you to get a highly customized, professional-looking WordPress site without having to download and install self-hosted WordPress (which isn’t easy if you’re not a pro). With just a few clicks, you can access thousands of free themes and plugins that simplify the design process while providing powerful features. Plus, GoDaddy Managed WordPress helps make using WordPress easy and secure with automatic setup, backups and WordPress core software updates.
Tip: With any annual WordPress Hosting plan from GoDaddy, you can also get a free domain name.
And you won’t have to worry about Chrome displaying the Not Secure warning — just choose the Ultimate or Developer plan. Once activated with a simple one-click setup in your WordPress control panel, your site will display that trustworthy green lock.
Secure your existing website with an SSL certificate
If you’ve already got a website but it is not secured with an SSL certificate, you’ll need to get an SSL before Chrome and other browsers make the change if you want to avoid the Not Secure warning.
Check out GoDaddy’s SSL certificates. With an SSL certificate, your visitors will see that secure green lock next to your domain name. An SSL encrypts all data that passes through the website to the server, so visitors’ information is safe. GoDaddy SSL certificates are trusted by browsers and use the world’s strongest encryption. If you need help, GoDaddy provides 24/7 security support.
Get a secure website now
With Google Chrome 68 slated to launch in July, now is the time to get a secure website or add an SSL certificate to your existing website to avoid the Not Secure warning displaying next to your domain name in the browser bar. GoDaddy’s Website Builder, Managed WordPress Hosting and SSL certificates can help!
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