Many browsers already show security warnings in specific fields but Chrome 68 will show a full page warning (although some folks say it will just be a big, ugly red thing next to the URL field) that tells users that your site is not secure, not trusted, and generally an enemy of all that is good and right in the world.
Many site owners have experienced this when their SSL cert expires, isn’t installed correctly, or their pages have mixed content (http and https URLs).
But, since Chrome is one of the most popular browsers (58% or more of the market, some say, which makes it by far the single most popular), it’s time to go SSL or go home.
Here’s what Google says:
Basically, they’re making us take our vitamins whether we like it or not.
Here’s Gizmodo’s take on it:
For big websites, this can be a nuisance, but most of the big guys already have SSL (particularly if they’re doing any sort of transactions). But for everyone else, it’s time to put on your stiff upper lip, keep calm and install SSL.
Don’t know what SSL is? Your web dev team or web host provider can get it set up for you. If not, give us a call and we’ll help you out.
Note: A SSL certificate is also an important part of GDPR website compliance.