Google has announced that as of 1 July 2018 its Chrome browser will flag websites defaulting to HTTP protocol as "not secure" (https://blog.chromium.org/2018/02/a-secure-web-is-here-to-stay.html).

The impact on website owners will be significant. Broswer messages that flag "security issues" will drive your website visitors away with obvious detriment to your existing and future business. Google Chrome is reported to have 69% of the browser market, so the audience affected by this upcoming change is huge and cannot be ignored.

It is important that website owners understand the consequences and take appropriate action to deflect the potentially negative impacts.

SSL Provided to All clickonIT Hosting Packages
As a bonus service to business customers, clickonIT now provides SSL certificates to all hosting accounts at no additional cost. No additional cost and absolutely nothing for you to do. This valuable service is active now enabling all websites to use the HTTPS protocol. Just use HTTPS instead of HTTP in your website address. You should take action to make HTTPS your default protocol before 1 June 2018. 

Certain website configurations may generate errors when using the HTTPS protocol. It is a security function after all and will highlight any potential security issues. This is normal and expected. These can usually be fixed with some adjustments to your website. Your website developer is your first contact on this issue.  clickonIT may be able to help with your website adjustments. Request help by raising a support ticket in the clickonIT helpdesk to get started (https://www.clickonIT.com.au/submitticket.php)

As well as the free SSL certificate service, custom SSL certifcates and installation are also available. They're not essential for all businesses, but could be beneficial to some.

For more information see the blog post...
http://blog.clickonit.com.au/google-https/

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