With the recent update of Google Chrome v.68, millions of website owners are dismayed to learn their websites have been marked "Not Secure," which is the equivalent of "Not Safe, do not trust, leave quickly!"
This move by Google has affected every type of website, from municipalities to Chambers of Commerce, from large industry to the smallest business owner and everything in between. And trust me, if your website has been so marked, this is not a good look. If you haven't lost customers or clients yet, as more and more Internet users catch on that their connection to your site is not private, both existing and potential customers or clients will "walk away."
So what's the solution? Simple. If you have some skills you can fix it yourself. If not, you can hire an IT professional to do it for you, usually for a reasonable fee. In order for your website to be marked "Secure" with a green padlock, you must first purchase a Security Certificate from a Certificate Authority (CA). You then need to install the certificate at your website hosting provider. Following installation, depending on your website design platform, you may need to go through your website and change all the "http" link settings to "https" prior to getting the green padlock.
Just remember, the longer you delay in resolving this issue, the greater likelihood of losing customers or clients. Don't put it off.
Suzanne Bradley is the Founder and CEO of WebX Marketing & Design, as well as Online Digital Menus. She is certified as a HIPAA Security Business Associate and she and her team are highly skilled in both website design and security. Suzanne can be reached by email at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or by phone at 317.747.0578.