Google Chrome has announced that from July 2018, with the release of Chrome 68, it will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’. The change in the URL address bar will therefore reflect as follows:
This is in an effort to encourage sites to use HTTPS encryption for more secure browsing. HTTPS – or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure – is the secure version of the HTTP protocol that is used to send data between a user’s browser and the website being connected to. With HTTPS, all communications between the browser and the website are encrypted and cannot be intercepted, thereby offering increased security protection to users. HTTPS is also used as a ranking signal on Google, meaning that the use of HTTPS can assist websites to improve their search engine ranking.
The Google Chrome announcement is accessible here.
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