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Google Chrome will name and shame insecure websites

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To continue its progress in making the web more secure through the adoption of HTTPS encryption, the next version of Google's Chrome web browser (opens in new tab) will mark all sites that opt to use HTTP as opposed to HTTPS as “non secure.” 

Over the course of the last year, the company began marking sites still using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) as not secure to help its users better understand that the secure version of HTTP, HTTPS offers more protection (opens in new tab) by adding an extra layer of security through SSL when sending data. 

Chrome 68 which will be released in July 2018 will take things a step further by labelling all sites that still use HTTP as not secure. 

Google push for the increased use of HTTPS (opens in new tab) has already made the web safer for its users and over 68 per cent of Chrome traffic on Android and Windows and 78 per cent of Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and Mac is now protected.  Developers have made great strides in transitioning their sites to HTTPS and 81 of the top 100 sites on the web are now using HTTPS by default. 

Chrome is also making it easier for sites to set up HTTPS and the latest Node CLI version of Lighthouse includes mixed content audits to help developers migrate their sites to HTTPS.  By using the automated tool designed to help improve web pages, developers can easily find the resources a site loads using HTTP in order to upgrade them to HTTPS. 

Google will also be adding a new interface to Chrome to help users better understand that not all HTTP sites are secure as it leads the way to a more secure web (opens in new tab) where sites utilise HTTPS by default. 

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.