Google Chrome to Mark All HTTP Sites "Not Secure" Starting July 2018

Google Chrome will soon start marking lots of websites as “not secure” 0

Google Chrome will soon start marking lots of websites as “not secure” 0

Over the course of the last few years, Google has strongly advocated for the use of HTTPS to help keep your browsing data safe from anybody who could be spying on your web traffic while it's in transit between your browser and a server. And within previous year, the search giant also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as "not secure". HTTPS-encrypted sites now feature a green lock icon and a "secure" sign.

Without this encryption, it is possible for hackers to access your router to track information shared between the user and websites.

The company is on a long-term drive to stamp out unencrypted web connections, having begun to demote unencrypted sites in search results in 2015.

"Not Secure" will show on sites even if people aren't filling out a form field.

Google chose to gradually roll out the alerts to give website owners time to implement the encryption. More than 68 percent of Chrome traffic on Windows and Android and more than 78 percent of Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and macOS are on HTTPS websites.

An example of how a secure connection with HTTPS encryption looks like. Back then when it first came out, there also wasn't an industry push for websites to switch to it, and so some ignored it. Google started pushing them with a sort of "shame campaign" by marking them as insecure when viewed on its Chrome browser.

The decision to mark all HTTP sites as "Not Secure" in the URL address bar is part of the company's larger strategy. If you are not aware about protecting your website, you can follow the official setup guidelines offered by Google for your website.

With Chrome 68, the omnibox on the top will display a "Not secure" label for all HTTP pages.

Google also announced today that the latest version of Lighthouse, its automated tool for improving web pages, now features mixed content audits to help developers migrate their sites to HTTPS.

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