Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate is no longer optional in 2017. It's mandatory.
Regardless of what kind of website you're running, not having a SSL Certificate will result in your website being penalized by the browser community for not having encryption.
Starting with the release of Chrome 56 in January, any website that is not running HTTPS (HTTP plus SSL) will have a message appear in the location bar that says "Not secure" on pages that request confidential information. It’ll look like the image below:
At this stage, the aim is to encourage websites to get rid of old HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) by installing SSL Certificate, which is the backbone of Internet Security.
Google said, "In following releases, we will continue to extend HTTP warnings, for example, by labelling HTTP pages as "not secure" in Incognito mode, where users may have higher expectations of privacy. Eventually, we plan to label all HTTP pages as non-secure, and change the HTTP security indicator to the red triangle that we use for broken HTTPS." It'll look like the following image:
Driving traffic to your website is pointless if the site is not secure and visitors feel unsafe.
As you may be aware, running HTTPS for your website will also improve your SEO ranking as Google now takes them into account for search engine rankings and it will also improve your website's loading speed as you will be able to enjoy HTTP/2 automatically with HTTPS which offers better browser performance.
It's now your job to help your customers avoid this warning message. Otherwise, you can look forward to plenty of angry emails and phone calls from customers when they start getting penalized.
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Images from Google
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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