Understanding Temporary ‘Not Secure’ Warnings and Propagation Delays

If you have recently installed an SSL/TLS certificate, it is normal to encounter a “Not Secure” warning initially. This warning is likely to be displayed because the certificate installation process can take some time to propagate across the internet. While the certificate is being set up, your website’s connection might still be flagged as unsecured.

The good news is that this issue is temporary, and it usually resolves within a few hours to a maximum of 24 hours. Once the SSL/TLS certificate has fully propagated, visitors to your website will no longer see the “Not Secure” warning. Instead, they will be greeted with a secure connection indicated by a padlock icon or a “Secure” label in their browser’s address bar.

During this propagation period, it’s essential to be patient and refrain from making changes to your SSL/TLS setup. Most hosting providers and certificate authorities ensure an automated process for certificate installation and renewal, so you don’t need to intervene manually.

In the meantime, if you have not yet installed an SSL/TLS certificate, I highly recommend considering Let’s Encrypt as a reliable and cost-effective option for securing your website. Once installed, Let’s Encrypt certificates will automatically renew, making the process seamless and hassle-free.

In conclusion, if you’ve recently installed an SSL/TLS certificate and are seeing a “Not Secure” warning, rest assured that this issue is temporary and should go away within 24 hours as the certificate propagation completes. In the future, consider Let’s Encrypt for a smooth and continuous security solution for your website.