With the release of Chrome 68, Google to mark all the HTTP sites as “not secure” which makes easier for the user to know whether their personal information is safe as it travels across the network.
Anything that sent over HTTP is not secured, the data sent between the browser and the server is unencrypted which allow an attacker to launch a man-in-the-middle attack and steal your sensitive data such as credentials, credit card info and personal information.
The Chrome’s “not secure” warning helps the user to understand the connection to the site is not safe and also prompt the site’s owner to improve the site security.
It's happening! All HTTP pages will be marked "not secure" as of Chrome 68 🔐 https://t.co/eD2RsuYudM
— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) July 24, 2018
HTTPS protocol is essential same like as the HTTP, the only difference is the data being transferred between browser and server is encrypted.
According to the Google Transparency Report, the usage of HTTPS increased dramatically.
- 79 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now HTTPS.
- 81 percent of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default.
- 93 percent of the across Google is encrypted.
“Eventually, our goal is to make it so that the only markings you see in Chrome are when a site is not secure, and the default unmarked state is secure.”
Starting from version 69 that to released in September 2018, Google to remove “Secure” word for HTTPS sites and with October release HTTP pages will show red “not secure” warning. Also, the update includes 42 security fixes.
— Scott Helme (@Scott_Helme) July 24, 2018
Troy Hunt and Scott Helme Why No HTTPS which lists to 100 biggest websites that not redirecting insecure traffic to a secure encrypted connection.
The majority of the Internet’s top 1M most popular sites will show up as “Not Secure” in @GoogleChrome starting July 24th. Make sure your site redirects to #HTTPS, so you don’t have the same problem. @Cloudflare makes it easy! #SecureOnChrome https://t.co/G2a0gi2aM8 pic.twitter.com/r2HWkfRofW
— Cloudflare (@Cloudflare) July 23, 2018
According to Cloudflare 542,605 of the top million sites did not redirect to HTTPS and will show “not secure” in chrome 68.