From July 2018 onwards, Google Chrome will begin to mark HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ in a transition towards a more secure web.
The change will coincide with the release of Chrome 68. The move comes as Google has encouraged adopting HTTPS encryption in an effort to make the web safer for everyone.
HTTPS encryption protects the data between your browser and the website you are visiting. This encryption blocks someone from intercepting information, i.e., credit card numbers or other confidential information, or injecting malware into legitimate web pages.
Since Google’s announcement last year, developers have worked to transition their sites to HTTPS with the following progress:
– Over 68 per cent of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
– Over 78 per cent of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
– 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
Google says the new Chrome interface aims to help users understand that all HTTP sites are not secure and will assist in moving the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default.