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

What is HTTPS encryption and why it’s critical

What is HTTPS encryption and why it’s critical

Sites that secure their content get a boost over websites that used plain-old boring insecure HTTP.

The company is on a long-term drive to stamp out unencrypted web connections, having begun to demote unencrypted sites in search results in 2015. Thanks to projects like Let's Encrypt and others, it's now easier than ever to enable HTTPS for virtually any site.

Google will take its efforts to shame website owners into encrypting their traffic up another notch this July with the release of Chrome 68.

Sites that don't use the HTTPS protocol will come with a warning after Chrome 68 rolls out in July this year. Some of the biggest offenders at the time included Wired.com, IMDB.com, and the New York Times, which has since moved to secure its site.

Unlike Google, the Mozilla Foundation did not announce a deadline when it planned to activate this new policy.

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Since then, a majority of websites has implemented HTTPS and the remaining is making progress towards that goal, said Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter, said in a blog Jan 8.

As if developers needed any more reasons to switch over to more secure HTTPS, Google is now giving them an added kick in the butt to quickly make the move starting with the Chrome 68 browser.

As a result of those efforts, 68 percent of Chrome traffic on Windows and Android systems is now protected with HTTPS, Schecter said.

Google offers a free security auditing tool called Lighthouse that can help developers identify which website resources still load using insecure HTTP. Currently, several of its major services including Gmail and Google Drive are 100 percent HTTPS enabled, while other services like YouTube and Google Calendar are at around 99 percent.

Google stated that not much would change for a majority of the web. Similarly, more than 78 percent of Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and macOS is now protected.

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