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In less then two weeks, approximately around the 31st of this month, the new version of the Chrome web browser will be released. The most significant change will be the way that it displays websites that are not using HTTPS, also known as SSL.

Starting with this release of Chrome, all websites that are not using HTTPS (SSL) will have a message displayed in the location bar that says “Not Secure” on pages that collect passwords or credit cards. It will look like this:

This new version called Chrome 56 will encourage websites to get rid of their plain old HTTP.
For starters Google Chrome is going to label any non HTTPS pages in Incognito mode as “Not Secure” the reason for this being the fact that users using Incognito mode have a much increased expectation regarding privacy.

The closing step for this roll out will be that Chrome is going to start labeling all plain HTTP pages as “Not secure”, and it will look like this:

http not secure
How will this impact WordPress affiliate site owners?

Starting on approximately January 31st, any page on your website that is non-HTTPS and has credit card or a password form field will be labeled by the Chrome browser as “Not Secure” in the location bar by Google Chrome. This will also include your WordPress login page.
This is going to confuse your affiliate site visitors who sign in to your website because they may understand this message as an indicator that your website has been compromised or that your affiliate site has some underlying security issues other than being non-HTTPS.

If Chrome 56 will be truly released on the last day of this month: January 31st, that gives all affiliates almost two weeks to get your site running on 100% SSL thus avoiding the new “Not Secure” message appearing on your login pages.
What to do if your site is not HTTPS?

You can start by looking at the support documentation that your hosting provider offers to find out how to set up HTTPS on their system. It’s common that some hosting providers offer free HTTPS and others have a very easy installation method. Be aware that if you decide to configure things manually you may be making life a whole lot difficult for yourself.
If you make a simple Google search on the topic you will also find many guides describing how to set up HTTPS for WordPress. Google also has a technical description of how to enable HTTPS on your website .

You’ve already set up HTTPS on your affiliate site, then you are 100% set and ready for the new change that Chrome 56 will bring later this month!


Please share this with your fellow affiliates using WordPress to promote the use of HTTPS across all online gambling websites and to help other affiliate WordPress site owners stay secure.


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