Google has spearheaded numerous efforts and initiatives in an effort to make the internet safer for everyone. One way Google is doing this is by labeling all HTTP websites as “not secure” in the top left-hand side of the address bar.
While the “HTTPS Not Secure” message in Chrome can be worrisome, it can also cause you to lose customers, fall in search rankings, and suffer an online attack.
You can fix the “Not Secure” by purchasing an SSL certificate and installing it on your site or using the free SSL certificate provided within cPanel.
Additionally, Chrome will be displaying a warning message for all sites with a self-signed certificate. If you have a self-signed placeholder certificate it is important to replace it with a certificate purchased from Comodo or with the free SSL provided by cPanel.
To learn about the difference between the Free SSL provided by cPanel and a purchased certificate from Comodo, view our previous blog post on this topic here: https://blog.olm.net/general/
To force all traffic for your website from HTTP:// to HTTPS:// log into cPanel and select the Domains interface in cPanel (Home >> Domains), there’s an option to enable Force HTTPS Redirection from the insecure version (HTTP) to the secure version (HTTPS) with a toggle switch.
Having an SSL on your website enables the padlock icon on the left side of the URL bar of your browser which informs your site’s viewers that the site is secured and that data transferred back and forth between the end-user and the site is encrypted. This will also help build trust between you and your customers, drive more traffic to your website, and boost your credibility with your target audiences.