From July Google Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure.” This is according to Emily Schechter, Chrome security product manager. Starting with version 68, Chrome will warn users with an additional notification in the address bar.
Google has been influencing users to move away from unencrypted sites for years, but this is arguably the most direct one yet. Google search engine started down-ranking unencrypted sites in 2015, in 2016 Chrome team gave a similar warning for unencrypted password fields.
Due to increased HTTPS adoption, the Chrome team felt it was the right time to make the announcement. From the top 100 sites on the web, 81 of them default to HTTPS, and an enormous amount of Chrome traffic is already encrypted. Schechter said “Based on the awesome rate that sites have been migrating to HTTPS and the strong trajectory through this year,’. He also said, “we think that in July the balance will be tipped enough so that we can mark all HTTP sites.”
HTTPS encryption secures the tunnel between your browser and the website you are visiting. Lacking that encryption will mean anyone with access to your ISP or router could intercept data sent to sites or infuse malware into otherwise clean pages.
The move towards a more secured web will be a big win for online security. With July just around the corner, the hope is that all web traffic will leverage robust encryption algorithms to keep your data secured.