Is your website being affected by Google?

Recently Google rolled out a couple of key changes, basically they affect Google Maps and Security Warnings (look near the web address bar in the browser).

Google Maps not showing on website

As of July 2018 you may discover Google maps does not display correctly on your website. There is a new pricing policy – “pay as you go”. You will now need a Google API Key. A quick guide to get an API Key:

Google’s Chrome browser marks non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’

Google now requires websites to use certificates from trusted organisations to prove the websites identity to the browser. If a website is being flagged as not secure it may influence how users interact with it. To check websites security (Chrome browser) : Look to the left of the web address, and check the security status: Chrome will tag the site as either “Secure”, “Info or Not secure” or “Not secure or Dangerous”.

Re “Your connection to this site is not secure. You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example passwords or credit cards), because it could be stolen by attachers”.  A typical remedy is to install an SSL certificate on the web server.