Google will soon be requiring that all websites have an SSL certificate.
Do you collect sensitive visitor information such as passwords, credit card information, or personal data from your website? By the end of January 2017, Google Chrome will begin marking sites without HTTPS as “non-secure”.
So just what IS an SSL/TSL Certificate??
According to Comodo’s website, SSL Certificates provide secure, encrypted communications between a website and an internet browser. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol which provides the encryption. SSL Certificates are typically installed on pages that require end-users to submit sensitive information over the internet like credit card details or passwords. Example pages include payment pages, online forms and login pages.
So if you are concerned with the upcoming google SSL requirement- you can sign up for an SSL for free at https://letsencrypt.org/
or a content delivery network (CDN) like CloudFlare provides a shared SSL certificate with their free package.