Chrome will start marking HTTP sites as 'not secure'

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If you are completely unaware about this, Google is also offering a complete setup guide which will show you the importance of encryption and why HTTP is not secure in the current technology era.

The crackdown on such websites will begin in July 2018 when Google Chrome 68 will be launched. At the time the company had noted that it would start labeling HTTP connections as non-secure in a phased manner in order to give site owners and operators enough time to make the change.

With this upcoming update, every HTTP site will be flagged as 'not secure, ' no matter whether it includes input fields or not.

In version 62, the warning was expanded to when users enter any data on an HTTP page, as well as on all HTTP pages in Incognito mode due to an increased expectation of privacy.

In the current iteration of Chrome, version 64, the browser makes the distinction between non-encrypted HTTP and encrypted HTTPS sites in the address bar with a rather innocuous information icon on the former.

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"Chrome's new interface will help users understand that all HTTP sites are not secure, and continue to move the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default", Google said.

The decision comes following a year of "incredible" progress, says Emily Schechter, a product manager with the Chrome Security. A new audit feature in Lighthouse, an automated tool for improving webpages, lets developers find which resources are loading via HTTP, and identifies those than can be upgraded simply by changing HTTP to HTTPS.

Google itself has been moving over its numerous online properties to HTTPS since 2014. Similarly, more than 78 percent of Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and macOS is now protected. For instance the percentage of traffic to Google that is encrypted in Indonesia, United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico, Japan, Brazil and Russia is all at or above 95 percent.

This is not the first time Google has gone out of its way to steer web users away from unencrypted websites.

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