Google Will Mark All HTTP Websites “Not Secure” In July

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Google will release Chrome 68 in July, and if your site does not have SSL installed, your site will be marked as “Not Secure.”

The tech and web giant pushed the date back a couple of times trying to avoid the massive disruption that will occur when websites start getting labeled, “Not Secure,” but the time is now for all websites to migrate to HTTPS.

Google and the rest of the browsers have been working on this for a long time. Last year Google and Mozilla began the push towards universal encryption by changing the user interface on their browsers. In addition to the green padlock icon, any website with SSL is marked “Secure.” This was all done with the idea that website owners would slowly integrate SSL as more and more features were being eliminated.

The browsers also began marking HTTP sites “Not Secure” more slowly. The warnings started out just warning users when they were about to enter a password in an unencrypted field. Then in the fall they turned up the volume even more and started marking any HTTP page with text fields “Not Secure.” Now, with the release of Chrome 68 in July, Google is no longer holding back. Any website served via HTTP is going to get the “Not Secure” indicator, no matter what.

So what is the big deal with HTTPS?

HTTP is ancient by computer standards. It’s a protocol for communication and it worked fine for a while. Unfortunately, HTTP is not secure. When you make an HTTP connection with a website, that connection is not secure. Plain and simple. That means that anyone can eavesdrop on the connection and steal or manipulate any data passed back and forth, which is very bad!

HTTPS, on the other hand, is secure. When you make a connection with a website via HTTPS, the data being sent is encrypted. That makes the data virtually useless to anyone without the corresponding key. Beyond security, HTTPS also blocks ISPs from injecting ads on your website, it is faster and performs better than HTTP and, finally, you have to have encryption in order to use HTTP/2, which is becoming more widely adopted every day.

So what should you do?

If you need a SSL certificate on your site, contact ITI today! Our web hosting team is here to take care of you!

July is right around the corner, so act fast if this is an issue that you need to address with your site!