Chrome pushes websites to HTTPS in July
By Tamera Shaw
On Feb. 8, the Chromium blog announced that Google’s Chrome web browser will mark non-HTTPS web sites as not secure beginning July 2018 to coincide with the release of Chrome 68.
Previously, Google offered search engine ranking boosts if sites migrated to the certificate in an effort to standardize encryption on web sites. According to the Chromium announcement, “For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as ‘not secure.’”
Chrome 68’s release means non-encrypted HTTP sites will be flagged in the URL address bar.
HTTPS is a more secure version of HTTP, the protocol that moves data between browsers and web sites. The additional “S” indicates to users the data being sent is encrypted.
Typically used for online transactions like banking, credit card fields and submission forms,
Google wants to push all sites toward encryption.