Today, when browsing the internet, most times your connection to the server is not secure. This means anyone can intercept and read the data you are exchanging with that particular website.
This isn’t an issue, when you are searching for the lyrics of that song you heard on the radio the other day. However, it is a big problem when you are about to buy something and you need to enter your credit card information.
Chances are, your favorite online store already has implemented everything necessary for a secure connection. But there are still a lot of websites, where this is not the case.
If you are using Chrome (most people do, according to the statistics: http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/), you can simply look at the address bar to make sure everything is as it should be. Next to the URL address there should be an icon in a shape of a lock looking like this:
Green means, everything is OK
, connection is secure and you are safe to enter any personal information required. If you see a yellow or red icon
, connection is still run under encrypted protocol
but it might be compromised. In that case, you should proceed with caution. If your connection is not encrypted, meaning there is not lock icon in place, you are strongly advised to withhold entering any information.
But in the near future, all this might change. Google has announced
, that Chrome browser version 56, which is to be released in January 2017, will be strongly in favor of websites using encrypted connection. When every you will try to enter information such as passwords and credit card number, browser will display a warning.
On the long run, Google is aiming to completely ban all websites not using encryption.
I’m running a small blog, what do I need to do?
Well, at the moment, you don’t have to worry about a thing. It will probably take a long time before it comes to the point where all websites will be forced to use an encrypted connection. Until then, you can take some time and read about SSL certificates