Less Than Two Months Left Until SSL Certificate is Required
Soon a new era of secure Internet begins. Less than 2 months left until SSL is required.
During the last several years Chrome already forced users to use HTTPs by marking non-HTTPS login pages and contact forms as "not secure". And within last 12 month even larger subset of HTTP pages were marked as “not secure”. Starting in July 2018, with release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as "not secure".
Developers are now forced to transition their websites to HTTPs to make the web safer for everyone. According to Chrome statistics over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected. Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected. 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default.
Those changes to Chrome security policies produced great demand on SSL certificates. SSL authorities, domain registrars, hosting providers started to up-sell SSL certificates. For developers with 1-2 websites it is not an issue to order SSL for their domains (cost for cheap SSL starts at $15/year). But what if you have 10/100/1000 websites to protect?
For developers with a large number of websites there are few options available:
1) Using free Let's Encrypt SSL certificates.
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).
More info you can find at https://letsencrypt.org/
2) Using web hosting with free SSLs included.
A lot of hosting providers integrate Let's Encrypt SSL or other free SSL into their products. WebHostingZone.org is not an exception. For a long time already we are making free SSL certificates available for our hosting customers. By hosting your websites at WebHostingZone.org you are automatically protected from new Google Chrome update. :)
You can review hosting plans and order hosting with Free SSL certificates included for all domains at https://www.webhostingzone.org/web-hosting/shared-hosting.html
Are your websites using HTTPS? Tell us in comments!