Latest Google Chrome 68 update marks unencrypted websites as “not secure”

By Benny Mansfield

Latest Google Chrome 68 update marks unencrypted websites as “not secure”

Google Chrome’s July 2018 update will show users visiting unencrypted websites a “Not Secure” message.

For years now, Google has been moving towards a more secure web by encouraging sites that adopt HTTPS encryption. These sites are marked with a green lock icon and “Secure” message.

Prior to July 2018, Chrome displayed HTTP sites with a neutral icon. But since the Chrome 68 stable update any web page not running HTTPS displays a “Not Secure” warning.

The planned change in the Chrome address bar

So what is HTTPS?

HTTPS encryption protects the channel between your browser and the website your visiting, and ensures that nobody in-between can tamper with the traffic or spy on what you’ve been doing. Without it, someone with access to your router or ISP could intercept vital information (including passwords, payment and personal details) or inject malware into otherwise legitimate pages.

How can you add HTTPS to your website?

First, you could just ping an email to quack@greenduck.co.uk and we’ll help. Alternatively, Google have a handy guide on how to go about it here

While Chrome was the first browser to deploy such a visible warning system on non-HTTPS websites, it’s likely that Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla will follow suit.

To find out if your website is secure or to upgrade to HTTPS, give us a call today.