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Google Chrome Adds ‘Not Secure’ Warning for HTTP Sites

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Google have always placed security at the forefront of Chrome and a number of security enhancements have been announced over the years. The most recent of these came into effect yesterday (July 24th 2018) and now all HTTP sites are marked with a ‘not secure’ warning to help protect users from potential security risks.

Chrome published formal details of the announcement yesterday and discussed the importance of encrypted connections. On the rise of HTTPS usage since their initial announcement two years ago, they had the following to say:

‘Chrome’s “not secure” warning helps you understand when the connection to the site you’re on isn’t secure and, at the same time, motivates the site’s owner to improve the security of their site. Since our announcement nearly two years ago, HTTPS usage has made incredible progress. We’ve found in our Transparency Report that:

  • 76 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up from 42 percent
  • 85 percent of Chrome traffic on ChromeOS is now protected, up from 67 percent
  • 83 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default, up from 37′

It’s more important than ever to ensure that your site uses HTTPS so if you have any queries or need to get the process started then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of WordPress experts today.