I don’t normally use such click bait-y (clearly a technical term) headline for my blog posts, but today I had to and I’m not even a little bit sorry about it.

So, there.

Alright, enough foreplay, here’s the money shot, folks: At the end of the month, Google announced the latest version of the Chrome browser will be released and it has a massive change to it.

Any site not running HTTPS will have a message in the search bar that says “Not Secure” on pages that collect passwords or credit cards.

That means when Users go to buy your products, if you don’t have an HTTPS, they’ll get a message your site is not secure and they’ll abandon their transaction faster than I inhale a package of Hostess Sno-Balls.

They’re sooooooo good. Don’t judge.

Now, if you’re selling products on your site using Stripe as your eCommerce solution, chances are you already have an SSL Certificate which makes your site have an HTTPS. But, if you’re running a different eCommerce solution or a membership/course website that doesn’t require an SSL, you’re gonna want to get one fast.

So, I already know what you’re thinking.

What if you’re not selling products on your site, or don’t have a course or membership site where you’re collecting usernames and passwords. Is keeping your regular, old, tried-and-true HTTP okay?

The answer? It’s okay for now. But later on in the year, Chrome will start labeling any site without an SSL (meaning, without an HTTP) as insecure, so you better hop on this update sooner rather than later.

Your Homework:

  1. If you already have an SSL for your site, then you’re all set! You’re ready for Chrome’s big update!
  2. If you don’t have an SSL, contact your website hosting provider and find out how to set up an SSL on their system.
  3. After you get your SSL, here’s an article all about how to change your domain in Google Analytics to HTTPS as well.
  4. Next, visit me over at my Facebook page and tell me if you’re ready for the big Chrome update (or not!) And of course, if you need help with anything along the way, you know I’m your gal, and I got your back.

Natalie McGuire is a Web Designer + Digital Strategist for purpose-driven solopreneurs because she believes the world is a prettier place when people make money doing what they love. If you’re ready to look legit, go pro, and take your biz to the next level, let’s talk!

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