May 1, 2021
Google Chrome 68 browser

Latest Google Chrome Release now Marks all Unsecure Sites with ‘Not Secure’

Google Chrome 68 just rolled out for Windows, Linux, and Mac, marking all non-encrypted sites with a conspicuous ‘Not secure’ label….

Google just released Chrome version 68 for Windows, Linux, and Mac. And, the most notable change is the search giant’s push to adopt secure encryption with HTTPS. The company is doing this to help users avoid bad experiences and trouble from malicious sites.

Google Chrome 68 Rolls Out to Windows, Mac, Linux, Labels Unsecure Sites

Chrome 68 will display a warning sign in the address bar. It alerts people to sites that aren’t secure, which is particularly helpful for those who have e-commerce. So, consumers are more protected when shopping online.

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Credit: Google

This just isn’t about protecting people online, either. Sites equipped with HTTPS security enjoy a small boost in their SEO or search engine optimization. Google began the push a couple of years ago and has since reiterated the importance of switching from non-secure HTTP to the encrypted HTTPS certificate.

Google first placed the non-secure warning on all sites which accepted online card transactions in January 2017. Then, some months later, started displaying the warning on incognito windows. Now, it will take the measure much further, marking all unsecure sites with the warning label.

Here are some stats Google provided about its push of the initiative: 

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

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