Chrome battling unencrypted websites in 2017

Starting in January, Chrome users that are navigating HTTP sites will start to be notified that they’re on a site that isn’t secure.

Chrome is getting serious about websites that don’t use encryption. The latest version of Chrome to be released will now include a warning for unencrypted login sites, according to a post written by Emily Schechter. A member of Chrome’s Security Team alerted users of the planned changes on the Google Security Blog. Chrome 56 and higher, which is planned to rollout in the coming weeks, will mark HTTP login pages as “not secure” in a window next to the address bar.

The post also highlights the long term plan for Chrome, discouraging unencrypted web connections. In years to come, Google Chrome plans to warn Chrome users away from all sites serving unencrypted HTTP, beginning with Incognito mode, “where users may have higher expectations of privacy.”

Google-nonsecure Chrome battling unencrypted websites in 2017

A Google illustration showing the new Chrome warning.

Eventually, Google plans to mark all HTTP pages as non-secure and use the same red triangle it currently uses for broken HTTPS sites. With Google Chrome gaining a 70% share of browsers over Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (5 %), Firefox (15%), and Safari (3.5%), Google is setting the security standards to keep both users and content providers safe and secure.