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Chrome marks unencrypted websites as insecure
August 15, 2018, 3:19 pm

Meanwhile, it has been reported that with the release of the latest version of Chrome, Google will begin marking all unencrypted websites as insecure. The change will apply equally to all HTTP sites, which will now display a ‘Not Secure’ image in the address bar. HTTPS-enabled sites will be unaffected by the change.

First announced in February, Chrome’s design shift is the latest move in a multipronged push by Google for more encryption on the web. Login sites have displayed similar ‘not secure’ warnings since 2016, with gradually escalating alarms for expired certificates. Google has also subtly boosted HTTPS-enabled sites in search rankings since 2014, a significant incentive for webmasters to adopt the protection.

HTTPS is a form of web encryption that secures the connection between the user and the sites they visit. Websites and ad networks served without encryption are vulnerable to malware injection, a common tactic for low-level cybercriminals.

HTTPS certificates and protocols are widely available — and often free of charge. That availability has spurred greater adoption in recent years. Google’s own HTTPS statistics show that 84 percent of pages loaded by US Chrome users are currently encrypted, compared to just 47 percent in July 2015.

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