Last year Google announced it would begin warning Chrome users whenever they visited an insecure website. Insecure? Yes, a website without an SSL certificate– SSL being the protocol that creates a secure connection between your browser and the website.
Yes, that change is going to cause plenty of problems with the interwebs– many websites have content which cannot easily be modified to handle the requirements of SSL, but in the long run, the interwebs will be a better place.
Apple has implemented something of a warning to Safari users already and it’s likely you’ve come across such warnings without truly knowing what they are. Here’s an example:
The red warning in the URL search bar tells you there is not a secure connection between Safari and the website you intend to log into. Later this year Google’s Chrome browser will give a similar warning for all websites which are not secure.
When you visit an encrypted website, Safari checks the site’s certificate and warns you if the certificate is expired or illegitimate. Now with iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4, Safari also checks if a website that asks you to enter password or credit card information is not secure because it’s unencrypted.
The idea behind this initiative is to make browsing the interwebs more secure and to give you a warning if you intend to send a username and password to a website that is not using an SSL certificate, therefore, not as secure.
Earlier this year, all the Apple Villagers websites added SSL certificates which requires a secure connection between the site and whatever browser you’re using. Even though we do not have a forums section or email login or a section where you can buy Bohemian Boomer t-shirts, a little extra security is beneficial.
Get used to it.
It’s a jungle out there. Think Jumanji but without all the special computer generated effects. SSL certificates– often displayed as a closed padlock in the URL search bar– mean the connection between browser and website is secure.
At least, it’s secure until someone figures out a way to make it otherwise and I don’t doubt that many are trying.