Chrome to explicitly warn users that HTTP sites are "not secure"

Chrome to explicitly warn users that HTTP sites are

Google's efforts continue with Chrome 68 marking all HTTP sites as "Not secure", though the gray info icon remains for the time being.

It should be noted that Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser on the planet, so that should be incentive enough for developers to act fast. The encryption is based on the Transport Layer Security (TLS), which itself is the successor to older protocol called SSL, which stands for Secure Sockets Layer.

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

The next year, Google rolled out a change to its Chrome browser which marked all HTTP login pages as "not secure" with an elaborate warning, "Your connection to this site is not secure". Without the protection of HTTPS or something similar, a malicious hacker can capture data while it's in transit between the user and a web server.

The decision to mark all HTTP sites as "Not Secure" in the URL address bar is part of the company's larger strategy.

While many websites will be affected, plenty are already in compliance. Mozilla started this trend in December a year ago when engineers started laying the groundwork for Firefox to mark all HTTP sites as "Not Secure" as well.

However, starting with Chrome 68, Google will make the biggest move yet, as the "not secure" mark will expand to include all HTTP websites. If you are not aware about protecting your website, you can follow the official setup guidelines offered by Google for your website. Google has tried to make the Internet a more secure place for everyone, giving developers and administrators the opportunity to switch to HTTPS from HTTP.

With Chrome 68, the omnibox on the top will display a "Not secure" label for all HTTP pages. It added that over 78 percent of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now encrypted, while 70 percent of Chrome traffic on Windows is now protected.

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