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Chrome will mark all HTTP sites 'not secure' from July

Chrome will mark all HTTP sites 'not secure' from July

Almost 80 percent of Chrome traffic on the Chrome OS and Mac is similarly protected, and 81 of the 100 biggest websites now use HTTPS, she noted. Google has tried to make the Internet a more secure place for everyone, giving developers and administrators the opportunity to switch to HTTPS from HTTP. As a result, Google has been pushing websites to embrace HTTPS encrypted connections.

With this upcoming update, every HTTP site will be flagged as 'not secure, ' no matter whether it includes input fields or not.

Starting July, Google's Chrome browser will start labeling any site and any web page still using HTTP as "not secure". Chrome 62, released in October 2017, started marking HTTP sites with entered data and all HTTP sites viewed in Incognito mode as "Not secure". In addition, 68 percent of Chrome browser traffic over Android and Windows is now encrypted, up 4 points from October.

Unlike Google, the Mozilla Foundation did not announce a deadline when it planned to activate this new policy. Still, the process of enabling HTTPS for existing sites isn't always trivial and chances are that some webmasters and developers will simply opt to keep things running as they are, no matter the warnings that Chrome will soon show their visitors.

If developers need help in shifting to HTTPS, Google has resources like an audit feature in its Lighthouse program. "HTTPS is easier and cheaper than ever before, and it unlocks both performance improvements and powerful new features that are too sensitive for HTTP", Google says.

Google itself has been moving over its numerous online properties to HTTPS since 2014.

This is not the first time Google has gone out of its way to steer web users away from unencrypted websites.

Chrome holds 59 percent of the global browser market share across mobile and desktop, according to NetMarketShare.

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