Google Chrome Pushes the Importance of HTTPS

By Stephen Alemar

Over the past two years, Google has thrown out a lot of carrots to convince people to convert their websites to HTTPS, like making encryption a positive SEO ranking factor. And they’ve also used some sticks, like announcing to website visitors when a website is running over HTTP and has a credit card field it’s insecure. And now they’ve gone a step farther, but don’t worry. Duda’s got your back.


According to a short blog post posted on Google’s Chromium Blog by Emily Shecter of the Chrome Security Team:

“In January, we began our quest to improve how Chrome communicates the connection security of HTTP pages. Chrome now marks HTTP pages as “Not secure” if they have password or credit card fields. Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the “Not secure” warning in two additional situations: when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.


This essentially means any website with a contact form, folks. But Google has also made clear, this isn’t the end goal. Further, in the post, she states: 

“Eventually, we plan to show the “Not secure” warning for all HTTP pages, even outside Incognito mode. We will publish updates as we approach future releases, but don’t wait to get started moving to HTTPS!”


So there it is. Google is determined to make unsecured HTTP websites a thing of the past, and we’re in full agreement. A more secure internet is better for everybody and that’s why Duda is proud to offer HTTPS encryption for free through our integration with Let’s Encrypt.


How to Enable HTTPS on Your Duda Website

Once your website is published and configured with a custom domain, navigate to the “Settings” section, and click on “Site SSL”. This will take you to the page where you can generate SSL certificate (enable HTTPS). The process, which includes provisioning the request to Let’s Encrypt and configuring the newly generated SSL certificate, is fully automated and may take up to 15 minutes.


For further details, visit the dedicated support article on Duda’s Support Portal.

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About Stephen Alemar

Stephen Alemar is the Content Marketing Manager and Chief Morale Officer at Duda. Stephen generally splits his time between writing for Duda and agonizing over the proper use of commas. He once brought in donuts for the office, and it is still considered a landmark day at Duda. His favorite Big Lebowski character is one of the bowling balls.
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