Google will soon flag websites without HTTPS encryption as not secure
Chrome has been taking measures to inform users when they’re on an unencrypted HTTP website, adding notifications to more and more sites over the last couple of years. Google will soon flag websites without HTTPS encryption as “not secure”. The new change will be part of Google’s next update to Chrome Browser version 68, scheduled to release in July this year.
The warning notification will appear next to the address bar. All websites with HTTPS encryption on Google Chrome browser come with a green lock icon with a “secure” notification next to their URL
The next year, Google rolled out a change to its Chrome browser which marked all HTTP login pages as “not secure” with an elaborate warning, “Your connection to this site is not secure. You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords or credit cards) because it could be stolen by attackers”.
Schechter says, “Chrome is dedicated to making it as easy as possible to set up HTTPS. Mixed content audits are now available to help developers migrate their sites to HTTPS in the latest Node CLI version of Lighthouse, an automated tool for improving web pages. The new audit in Lighthouse helps developers find which resources a site loads using HTTP, and which of those are ready to be upgraded to HTTPS simply by changing the subresource reference to the HTTPS version.”
HTTPS is a more secure version of the former protocol known as Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). The encryption is based on the Transport Layer Security (TLS), which itself is the successor to older protocol called SSL, which stands for Secure Sockets Layer.If you are the owner of a website, you should begin transitioning to HTTPS as soon as possible. Why? Besides the obvious security benefits, you don’t want your visitors to get the impression that you are operating a non-secure site. Before you blame Google for causing you grief, please know that the search giant should be commended for this move, as it ultimately helps to better secure the web.
TLS is now a standard technology for keeping any internet connection safe and secure from any third-party trying to get the access. The technology uses advanced encryption algorithms to ensure the data transmitted between the browser and website cannot be read by anyone else.
In simpler words, HTTPs ensures that the communication thread between your browser and the website you’re surfing cannot be breached by anyone else.
Without this encryption, it is possible for hackers to access your router to track information shared between the user and websites. Without an encryption in place, hackers can also sneak malicious wares or gain access to users’ personal data. Most of the websites, especially those handling critical information such as banks, have this encryption in place.