Hoping to avoid switch to https

I have about 425 pages on my Fwy 7 website. I’m dreading the switch to https and am hoping to avoid it. Mine is a nonprofit site and has no login and no payment entry boxes. The only data entry I have is a Google Custom Search box on a minority of the pages.

Unfortunately, from what I’m reading online, that Google Custom Search box is enough to trigger the “Not Secure” warning that the search engines are beginning to use.

I’m willing to sacrifice those custom search boxes if, by removing them, that will remove the trigger for the search engines’ “Not Secure” warning. They are the only place on my web pages where the visitor could enter any data. Am I seeing this right, and if I remove the custom search entry boxes, that would remove any “Not Secure” trigger? Or will I be labeled not secure simply because my pages are http and not https, even without any data entry boxes?

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It will affect any website - regardless of form boxes on board.

You could take a look at https://letsencrypt.org and see if that may help. If you are lucky, your existing host may support it.


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As things stand now, if one opens (in Chrome) one of my pages that has a custom Google search box, here’s what Chrome displays:

  1. just to the left of the url they paste in a lower-case letter “i” in a small circle. If (only if) you click that “i” you read a warning that the connection is not secure, so don’t type in any sensitive data such as credit cards. I can live with that.

  2. But on that same page, IF you enter a word(s) in the Google custom search box, then right next to the letter “i” up top, Chrome adds a visible warning: “Not Secure.” That I don’t want to live with.

So I’m considering just removing the Google custom search boxes on my pages. If Chrome continues to add the encircled letter '“i” to the left of the url just because the page is http, so be it. That won’t scare people as much as the visible “Not Secure” will.


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The Not Secure text is a fixture of any http:// site at all, nothing about the content can change that. Only changing the protocol from http:// to https:// will take it away.

Walter

On Jul 30, 2018, at 2:43 PM, Jim Feeney email@hidden wrote:

As things stand now, if one opens (in Chrome) one of my pages that has a custom Google search box, here’s what Chrome displays:

  1. just to the left of the url they paste in a lower-case letter “i” in a small circle. If (only if) you click that “i” you read a warning that the connection is not secure, so don’t type in any sensitive data such as credit cards. I can live with that.

  2. But on that same page, IF you enter a word(s) in the Google custom search box, then right next to the letter “i” up top, Chrome adds a visible warning: “Not Secure.” That I don’t want to live with.

So I’m considering just removing the Google custom search boxes on my pages. If Chrome continues to add the encircled letter '“i” to the left of the url just because the page is http, so be it. That won’t scare people as much as the visible “Not Secure” will.


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My host allows me to add a 301 redirect to all of my domains at no extra cost that causes them to all show up in the browser as https. All I have to do on my end is to change all my references to the site in my marketing materials to https.

The way I figured this out was to just type in the home page using https instead of http. it worked, so I looked at their support pages and saw that they had the 301 redirect option.

Not all hosts would offer this service (I use Netfirms), but many do so it would be good to check.


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That’s interesting. I have a web site with MacHighway and I’ve noticed I can access it through https, although I haven’t paid for a certificate.

Jeremy


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