As part of Google’s ongoing strategy for an encrypted web, Chrome will now mark all HTTP pages that do not display the green secure lock with a red ‘Not Secure’ warning.
As far back as 2014 Google had proposed that Chrome would initially mark only HTTP pages requesting passwords or financial details as ‘Not Secure’, but promised to eventually mark all unencrypted pages in the same manner.
Four years later, more than 93% of the traffic using Google resources employed an encrypted connection. This is in comparison to just 50% in 2014.
Just three years ago around 40% of the loaded pages were using HTTPs. With around 75% of pages loaded via Chrome now served by HTTPS, Google has its eye on complete elimination of unencrypted connections.
The latest announcements are part of Google’s push for more webmasters to adopt HTTPs as a secure encryption standard for data in transit.
This means any data from your computer to a website is transmitted securely and is protected from attackers.
HTTP wraps a secure tunnel around a site and its user while the encryption also serves to ensure the content hasn’t been modified by any attacker.
Google is not the only internet company to push for the adoption of HTTPs. WordPress started offering free HTTPs to all hosted websites, while Amazon is offering free security certificates to AWS customers.