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Chrome will soon mark all unencrypted pages as 'not secure'

Chrome will soon mark all unencrypted pages as 'not secure'

The warning notification will appear next to the address bar.

Over the course of the a year ago, the company began marking sites still using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) as not secure to help its users better understand that the secure version of HTTP, HTTPS offers more protection by adding an extra layer of security through SSL when sending data. As a result, Google has been pushing websites to embrace HTTPS encrypted connections.

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

Chrome 68 which will be released in July 2018 will take things a step further by labelling all sites that still use HTTP as 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. 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.

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While many websites will be affected, plenty are already in compliance. "You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords or credit cards) because it could be stolen by attackers". Since then, the tech giant says that 68% of traffic on Chrome are protected via HTTPS and that 81 of the top 100 websites use it by default.

The prominent labelling of certain insecure websites as "not secure" began in early 2017, with 9To5Google reporting the company's plans all the way back in September 2016. If you are not aware about protecting your website, you can follow the official setup guidelines offered by Google for your website. In Chrome 68, the omnibox will display the "not secure" message for all HTTP pages.

The rate of progress in terms of getting sites to switch to HTTPS has been generally swift, with more than 68pc of traffic on Android and Windows is protected, with 78pc protection rates reported for Chrome OS and Mac.


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