Many prisons around the country are becoming increasingly concerned about the development of wifi breaches occurring amongst prison contraband. Several prison security systems have been breached as the cybersecurity industry grows in popularity.

This is no surprise as the “social media generation” approaches the age of maturity. Many youngsters are becoming technologically advanced faster than companies can roll out software updates.

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I was in middle school when I got my first cell phone, and in college when I bought my first smartphone. However, kids today learn to navigate technology before they can speak.

In September, Google announced an update that would change the game for many business owners. “The penalty for having an unqualified [SSL] certificate is that Chrome doesn’t display the nice green banner that certificates generally have. What they were planning on doing is marking all non-certificate [sites] as untrusted. That’s going to be a real motivator to get people to get certificates.”

Once implemented, Certificate Transparency would alert Chrome users to “untrusted” websites, and tell them the site is non-verified meaning it doesn’t have a known and registered owner.

If you have an accounting, finance, legal, or medical business – your conversion rate would likely be affected by this update. Businesses that don’t accept payments have been in the clear for years, however, with growing cybersecurity threats and Google browsing updates, they’re cornering the market and forcing everyone to become verified.

Experts say by tightening rules around SSL certificates issued to websites, Google was hoping to reduce the number of certificate authorities that have been lax about whom they issue certificates to. In the past, a number of certificate authorities have initiated opportunities for criminals to spoof a domain certificate to steal personal info from users.

This move would’ve been viewed as a welcome improvement to the existing framework that can easily be abused by hackers.

But it didn’t really happen…

Google does alert some users that they are visiting “unsafe” websites, sometimes – but generally it’s still very easy to navigate the web. Even though Google’s update didn’t bring down the hammer like users anticipated, it’s still a good idea to convert your business website over to HTTPS. It’s just more secure, trustworthy, and stoic.

If you need help with getting switched over, shoot us an email: Staff@DarlingWebDesign.com