Your Connection Is Not Private
It’s here. Google is indicating any web site that has a login/password field or credit card field as Your Connection is Not Private or Insecure if the site does not have an SSL certificate installed and properly set up. It strikes fear in the hearts of businesses who have this displayed instead of their site:
In addition to scaring off web site visitors, a site with a Your Connection is Not Private indication will also be harming their search engine results.
This will apply to all websites that use “content management systems” like WordPress, Joomla, and more – even if you do not allow people to login or you do not take credit cards. Fandom Web Dev builds all sites on WordPress. We make sure our client’s sites never look like this:
How does a secure site look?
That s after http is the key element. It will trigger that nice, green “padlock” that indicates your site is properly secured with encrypted form submissions (that login/password or credit card form).
So how do you get HTTPS to make your site secure? You need an “SSL certificate” installed, and it has to be set up correctly.
No padlock for your site? Visit https://www.whynopadlock.com/ and put in your web site. https://www.whynopadlock.com/ will tell you what’s wrong.
Most people will need a web developer to help them get things set up. First, you have to “install” the certificate and make sure all your images and code are calling the https version files (hint: check text widgets). Then you have to make sure that when someone goes to http://mysite.com it automatically re-directs to httpS://mysite.com.
You can utilize the links at the bottom of this article to help you figure out how to fix, or Contact Us at Fandom Web Dev to fix it for you.