Google Is Now Labeling HTTP Sites As “Not Secure”

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This month, Google Chrome has started identifying websites listed as HTTP as “not secure” to its users. This new update comes with Google releasing Chrome 68, its 68th version of Chrome.  

For the past few years, Google has been urging people to make their websites HTTPS, incentivizing them through the potential boost in website ranking if they do so.

Google first announced it would eventually be listing sites as “not secure” back in September of 2016. In January 2017, when version 56 came out, Google Chrome started listing websites that take sensitive information, like credit card information and passwords, that weren’t HTTP as “not secure.” As of this month, Google Chrome will mark all websites that are not HTTPS as “not secure.”

Due to all the efforts Google Chrome has made over the last couple years to make our web more secure, 68% of Google Chrome traffic on Windows and Android systems are currently protected with HTTPS. Approximately 80% of Google Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and Mac is similarly protected.  

To continue to get more websites to make the switch, Google has been offering support for website owners and developers that have mixed content on their website(s). Mixed content is when they’re is HTTP and HTTPS content loaded on the same webpage.

HTTPS deals with encryption. It prevents anyone from tampering with your website. When your website is HTTPS, no one can tamper with the traffic or spy on what your visitors are doing. People can also not access your router and Internet service provider and inject malware.

Emily Schechter, Google Chrome’s security project manager, said “we think that in July the balance will be tipped enough so that we can mark all HTTP sites.”

Do you need help transitioning your website from “not secure” to secure”? Do you want to learn more about Google Chrome 68? Contact Sperling Interactive today. As a full-service web development company, we’re happy to help you with any of your website needs.