Google wants everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel. That’s why in the future your Chrome browser will flag unencrypted websites as insecure, displaying a red “x” over a padlock in the URL bar.
Oops! I have to get SSL for my websites today and make them secure as per these new terms of Google.
That's kind of careless and painting everyone and everything with the same brush. UNSAFE! UNSAFE! UNCLEANNN! Some sites simply DON'T require it. That's just trying to force extra website costs on normal folks you just want to have a blog or something.
This is somewhat stupid. For instance news websites that don't require a log in of any sort (beyond say a 3rd party comments system) shouldn't fall under this category as no sensitive information is being passed from the user to the server.
They should have define some sort of categories for which encryption is required. For a simple blog it should not at all necessary.
If you can't afford one just go get a free one at: https://www.startssl.com/ You can't get a free one for subdomains though... Personally I've run into a lot of inconveniences on my website that uses https. If anything on my website embeds something using http it causes the browser to show a mixed content error icon at the top of the browser and blocks the content. The solution would be to simply change the embedded contents link to https but a lot of the times a https version does not exist which is why I'm having issues with the video plugin in my website that links to content on the plugins website that is not secure.
This is the solution. It's not that big of a deal to be honest since it's extremely easy to get a SSL Certificate. Not sure why people are criticizing the move.
I don't know a lot of stuff about the HTTPS protocol so I can really give my own opinion on it, but I think that's their reasoning behind it. "But HTTPS doesn’t just protect user data, it also ensures that the user is really connecting to the right site and not an imposter one. This is important because setting up a fake version of a website users normally trust is a favorite tactic of hackers and malicious actors. HTTPS also ensures that a malicious third party can’t hijack the connection and insert malware or censor information."
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