Earlier this year, Google confirmed that Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as not secure with the release of Chrome 68 which is being rolled out today.
Google has been pushing websites to adopt HTTPS. In 2015, the tech giant announced that they were indexing HTTPS pages by default. This meant more secure sites would appear in search results.
From today, if a user visits an HTTP site, Google Chrome will warn them that the site is ‘not secure’. This warning will not block users from accessing your site if it is not an HTTP site, however, users may be less likely to stay.
With a HTTPS site, all the content on the website is secure and encrypted. With a secure site, you are showing your users that you are serious about their security and data. This is especially important if the user is inputting confidential information on your website.
Google’s push towards making HTTPS sites the norm doesn’t stop here. Chrome 69 is being released in September and the ‘secure’ label will be removed from HTTPS sites. Chrome 70 is then being rolled out in October and will draw more attention to the ‘not secure’ label by turning it red.
Google Chrome is not the only web browser that warns users about HTTP sites not being secure. Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox have a small “i” next to the address bar which warns users that the connection is not secure. Apple’s Safari also lets its users know if the website they are visiting is secured. A grey padlock in the address bar indicates a standard certificate and a green padlock indicates an Extended Validation (EV) certificate.
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