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Cumbria expert highlights web security crisis

Changes introduced by Google will flag many business websites as insecure, warns experts

Cumbria expert highlights web security crisis

A dramatic change to safely accessing the internet with implications for anyone with a website is being highlighted by a web development expert.

Google Chrome, the world’s most widely used web browser, has started to  flag HTTP sites as insecure, which will lead to loss of trust says Kendal’s Alan Jewitt. Alan is director of the web development and online sales company, SYPO.

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

“Have you noticed now that Google is flagging HTTP websites as insecure? ” says Mr Jewitt. “You need to be aware of this, and as a business, you need to do something about it or risk losing consumer trust in your brand and ultimately sales.” Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in use today by consumers.

"You risk losing consumer trust in your brand and ultimately sales"
Alan Jewitt

At the moment, whenever a Google Chrome user views a page containing input boxes for passwords or credit card information, if this page isn't running over HTTPS, where you see the green padlock in the browser address bar, then your website will be flagged as Not Secure by Google.

“As a matter of basic level security, as a personal user of websites, you should never be entering sensitive information into a form on a website that is using HTTP. You should always be using HTTPS. Because when you enter in your personal information into a form that is using HTTP, it is possible for hackers to steal your personal information, usernames, passwords, credit card details and more. Be aware of this.”

Mr Jewitt said that it was increasingly important that businesses take security seriously on their website for the security and peace of mind of their customers.

He suggests that anyone with concerns should get in touch if they need help with securing a website: info@sypo.uk

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