Security warnings will pop up on various websites today if you are using the latest version of the Google Chrome web browser. It is due to a new feature of the browser that will flag certain site because they do not use HTTPS, the secure version of the data transfer protocol between your computer and the website being visited. Many websites have already addressed this issue by making the switch to HTTPS.
HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) defines how data is passed from your device to the Website you are visiting. The “S” in HTTPS stands for “Secure” and ensures the aforementioned data is encrypted.
These warnings are now showing as Google Chrome updates to it’s latest version (68), the warning has been present in previous versions but this is the first time that the warning is being shown without any user interaction.
Many of New Zealand’s top websites have not yet made the switch, these can be viewed here – https://whynohttps.com/country/nz
Without HTTPS, a hijacker could effectively gather the data being transmitted from your PC around the Internet. There is no suggestion of any Data Breaches but update to HTTPS is strongly advised by the Technology community and various Government organisations around the world.
You can easily identify if your website is using HTTPS by visiting the site using Google Chrome and ensuring you see the Lock Symbol and Secure title next to where the address is entered. Screenshot below:
Queenstown IT have many website hosting services available and can manage the process of updating your current website to HTTPS. If you would like to discuss this with us, please email us or call us on 03 442 7848.