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Chrome to mark sites without HTTPS as ‘not secure’
February 24, 2018, 12:49 pm

With the launch of version Chrome 68 in July, Google’s browser will flag every site that does not use HTTPS encryption as ‘not secure’ and prominently highlight this in its URL bar.

Over the course of the last few years, Google has strongly advocated the use of HTTPS to help keep your browsing data safe from anybody who could be spying on your web traffic while it is in transit between your browser and a server. With Chrome version 62, Google already started marking all HTTP sites that had data entry fields as insecure and even back in 2016, it already started showing the same warning for all sites that asked for passwords and credit cards. With the upcoming update in July, every HTTP site will be flagged as ‘not secure,’ whether it includes input fields or not.

Developers have clearly heard the call. Google notes that 81 of the top 100 sites on the web now use HTTPS by default and that 80 percent of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac and 70 percent of traffic from Chrome on Windows is now protected. For Chrome traffic on Android, that number is 68 percent.

Still, this means that there are, and probably always will be, plenty of sites that have not made the move yet. Despite projects like Let’s Encrypt and others, the process of enabling HTTPS for existing sites is not easy and it is likely that some webmasters and developers will simply opt to keep things running as they are, no matter the warnings that Chrome will soon show their visitors.

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