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Google has launched Chrome version 68, branding HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

Google revealed in February that they would be branding every single website that didn’t use HTTPS as “Not Secure”. They followed through with that promise today with the release of Chrome version 68, meaning that visitors of HTTP websites will now be shown a warning that says the website cannot be trusted.

Google Chrome will now start branding all HTTP websites as “Not Secure” with a warning to visitors stating that the website cannot be trusted. There has been a huge push in the security space to make HTTPS the norm, and Google is now doing their part in making this future a reality.

Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world with around a 60 percent share of the market space, so this may force popular HTTP websites to buck up their ideas and finally implement HTTPS to protect their visitors.

Troy Hunt, the creator of Have I Been Pwned, has been doing his bit to help web admins with httpsiseasy.com. The website goes through the simple steps of adding HTTPS to any website. He has also set up whynohttps.com, a website that lists the most popular HTTP websites by country.

KitGuru Says: It’s good to see Google and the wider security community push for HTTPS to become the norm. Do you frequent any websites that don’t use HTTPS?

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