Chrome: HTTP Pages ‘Not Secure’

Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 10:02 AM gHale

Starting with its scheduled July release of Chrome 68, Google will label all HTTP sites as “not secure.”

Google said 68 percent of Chrome traffic on Android and Windows is now encrypted, as is 78 percent of Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and Mac. In July, those numbers are going to be even higher.

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“Developers have been transitioning their sites to HTTPS and making the web safer for everyone,” Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter said in a post. “81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default.”

Google has been pushing the Internet toward HTTPS for some years now.

In summer 2014, it started prioritizing websites using HTTPS in Google Search results. In March 2016, Google started tracking and sharing information about its own use of HTTPS, as well as that of the top 100 non-Google sites on the Internet.

In early 2017, Chrome started labeling sites that transmit passwords or credit cards information over HTTP as non-secure. In late 2017, the same label started getting appended to FTP sites.

Starting with Chrome 68, HTTP sites will get labeled as “not secure,” but there is still one last step after that, when the HTTP security indicator will turn red.

Chrome is used by 63 percent of desktop users and 50 percent of smartphone users, giving Google significant leverage when it comes to pushing for Internet-wide HTTPS.

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