From this summer Google will mark non-HTTPS websites as insecure in its Chrome browser. Vistors to websites using an HTTP connection will receive a prompt message “Not secure” in the browser’s URL display.
Websites that secure their websites with SSL (HTTPS) will also get boost over websites that use HTTP … giving secure websites a greater search visibility in Search Engine Rankings.
This change is likely to be noticed by many Chrome users and by any websites those where their audience no longer visit due to security concerns.
However it is worth noting, phishing sites are also using SSL certificates so just because Google says it’s secure it may not be.
A little while back a top tip for users was to “check that pages requesting personal data are secure,” but today a certificate does not guarantee safety: anyone or anything could be behind it, so be sure of the website you are visiting.
For domains created for fraudulent purposes, they will most likely use free 90-day certificates which can be obtained from some certificate authorities.
HTTPS definitely does not mean the information on the website is “safe” from a cybersecurity standpoint. A seemingly secure website can still host malicious content or it can be a landing page that is part of a phishing scam used to trick people into providing login credentials or other personal information.
Google to highlight insecure websites
Websites that secure their websites with SSL (HTTPS) get a boost over websites that use HTTP ... giving secure websites a greater search visibility in Search Engine Rankings.