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Starting next month, Google will mark websites as “insecure” if they don’t have a valid SSL certificate.

Until now, you only needed SSL (secure sockets layer) if your website had a form to fill out, or accepted online payments. No more! With the release of the newest version of Chrome, Google will move from a simple “i” (for information) to “Not Secure” in the address bar for sites that don’t have a valid certificate. And the release of Chrome version 68 is on track for thisJuly.

The screen shot below shows a basic before & after. And, although not confirmed yet, there’s talk of the “Not Secure” tag being in red. Imagine how this may impact your visitors’ perception of your website.

Moreover, it’s a given that non-secure sites will suffer when it comes to search engine ranking.

We expect there will be a last-minute rush to implement SSL on websites in the coming days. And we’ll be contacting existing Piedmont Technology clients individually to offer priority scheduling.

Finally, within a few days we plan on publishing a more detailed “who, what, where, how” article on this webpage, including cost estimates and details on our approach. You’re invited to bookmark it and return soon. You may also use the contact form to request a notification when published.

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