It’s no longer surprising to have Google making changes that affect the entirety of the Internet. Whether it is the look and feel of web pages or how ads are displayed.

All websites must now use HTTPS or risk being marked as insecure by Chrome and other modern browsers. And that’s not even considering the implications it has on pagerank.

This is not the first action taken to promote secure connections. Several browser APIs require a secure context to be accessed, including,

HTTPS Everywhere

There’s also an extension called HTTPS Everywhere, available for all modern browsers. It’s a result of a collaboration of The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that automatically redirects to a site’s HTTPS version, if it is supported.

If you’re a web admin, it’s your responsibility that all your sites use HTTPS. If any clients you are working with are not yet convinced, send them the links I’ve added here to make them feel a bit of terror.

Let’s Encrypt

You may thinking that, “… an https certificate is very expensive, those damn corporations, that damn capitalism.

That is, until you learn about the Let’s Encrypt project.

This project allows you to apply for as many certificates as you need for free. Yup, paying absolutely nothing, but you can support them with a donation directly on their site.

The process is automatic and they provide you with tools so you can get it done easily. Here’s a good tutorial on the last version of Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support).

For the Ultimate Sceptic

If you’re still not convinced, here’s another site that’s worth a read:

Even if you don’t have a clue of what do with all the technical jargon, there’s still hope. Ask the experts for help. We can help you!

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