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How much do "bona-fide and credible" HTTPS certificates cost?Different certs are offered at different, but relative, prices.
I can never escape the conclusion that this rush to HTTPS for smaller sites is nothing more than a marketing exercise for distributors of secure certificates.Use a free cert: [letsencrypt.org...]
I don't see a need to make my frontend or other sections go HTTPS, at least not right now.Really? You don't think seeing a big red warning will scare your visitors away?
How much do "bona-fide and credible" HTTPS certificates cost?
Things should improve further when I get a HTTP 2 capable server with faster page loads over HTTPSYes, it should be a measurable speed increase.
Those Not Secure and Red warnings are only for HTTP pages that take passwords or credit card information.No... that phase has passed.
what warning? Is there any proof of this.Yes... you need to get out more :)
a little 'i' inside a white circle.That's a warning :) Click on it and it will warn your visitors your page is not safe.
just tried it with latest version of firefox as well -- no warnings on that eitherThat gray unlocked lock icon is a warning :) Click on it and it will warn your visitors your page is not safe.
If I am not collecting anyone's personal data, like a credit card number for example, is using https / SSL necessary?No, not in my opinion... but that's not the issue. The web has changed to SSL for ALL web pages whether we like it or not.