From July 2018, Google will mark all websites that do not have secure HTTPS data transmission as unsafe.

With the release of “Chrome 68” in July 2018, Google Browser Chrome will explicitly mark all websites without a valid SSL certificate as unsecure. Google warns consistently against the dangers and risks of an unencrypted website. SSL encryption will also become even more of a ranking factor.

The introduction of the warning is planned with version 68 of the Chrome browser, which will probably appear in July 2018.

Websites without HTTPS are classified as high-risk.

From July 2018 Google will no longer only warn but will rigorously mark all websites that do not show the “HTTPS” (HTTP is no longer sufficient) as unsafe. All pages without SSL are “publicly” discredited. Not only the “i-symbol” will appear in the browser address bar with the appearance of Chrome 68, but also a concise note: “Not secure”.

Website owners should now and immediately take care of SSL encryption. The HTTPS certificate is used to ensure trustworthiness. Furthermore, unauthorized third parties can no longer manipulate the communication between the respective website and the website visitors.

We strongly recommend an immediate switch to HTTPS

The steps for the changeover are:

Setting up an SSL certificate on the server (e.g. via free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt).

Redirection of the old HTTP URLs to the new HTTPS URLs

Adaptation of the.htaccess file

If a sitemap exists, modify the URLs of the XML sitemap.

All externally integrated resources (links, images, videos, Java scripts) must also refer to https or must be adapted.

If a robots.txt exists, allow or adjust access to https here.