Far too few people look and check for the little padlock next to “HTTPS” in the URL. The padlock symbolises that the connection is secure to send information to and from the website, and will be done so with the encrypted connection HTTPS. However, Google has decided to make it even more clear for the user, when the connection is not clear.
From all sites being equipped with the default connection HTTP 18 years ago, Google is now forcing through HTTPS to be normalised on all types of webpages. By making it more obvious for the end user, whether the connection on each webpage they visits is secure or not.
Google has for years been advocating that websites adopt HTTPS encryption. The Google browser Chrome have been testing their new “Not Secure” message in the URL on all HTTP sites containing a form or any type of input fields. On websites where the user would need to share information, and therefore have a need of knowing whether the website is secure or not.
What will the new changes look like?
The user of any site will be able to see “Not secure” being spelled out next to the information icon “i”.
Making the user of the websites aware of whether the site is secure or not is no doubt a good thing. However for static information sites it seem somewhat redundant.
Developers have already been transitioning their sites to HTTPS and making the web safer for everyone and the progress continues.
• Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
• Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
• 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
Adapting to the new standards are not easy for everyone. These new changes from Google’s Chrome browser will put some website owners in an uncomfortable situation. Some websites owners may have site which users cannot interact with in any way, also known as static or information sites. Those websites will still be marked with the “Not secure” text in the URL of the browser, possibly scaring of potential visitor of their website.
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