The world’s favourite web browser, Google Chrome will be receiving a new update in July this year and with the update comes a new feature to highlight potentially dangerous websites.
Web pages that do not have the HTTPS encryption will be marked as ‘not secure’. Google hope with this new feature to protect its users from visiting dangerous websites and sharing information.
Chrome 68 will be the launch platform for this new change, upon release to the public in the summer users will see a ‘Not Secure’ tag appear in the address bar next to the URL.
Advocates of online security and privacy have encouraged and promoted web browser developers to have this sort of feature included to allow users to understand if the website they on is safe for sharing delicate information. Chrome users should now be discouraged from giving out their personal information when seeing the ‘not secure’ tag.
Google stated that not much would change for a majority of the web. Google has been monitoring HTTPS encryption adoption over the last few years and has noticed the protocol to be commonplace. HTTPS encryption protects 68 percent of chrome traffic on Android and Windows devices reported Google.
The figure rises to 78 percent for users of Chrome OS and Mac. 81 of the top 100 websites based on visits uses HTTPS by default.
Google Chrome Security Product Manager, Emily Schenter recently stated in a blog post, “Chrome’s new interface will help users understand that all HTTP sites are not secure, and continue to move the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default,”
“HTTPS is easier and cheaper than ever before, and it unlocks both performance improvements and powerful new features that are too sensitive for HTTP.”