August 5, 2022
Google Chrome HTTPS security

Google Chrome HTTPS Security Push Continues

The tech team behind the Google Chrome HTTPS security push continues to widen its inclusion of sites needing encryption across the web…

The Google Chrome HTTPS security push continues to grow and will soon include all login sites. Over the past several months, the web security team at the most often used search engine implemented a number of changes. In the near future, the widest used web browser will warn visitors away from a larger number of unencrypted sites, particularly those which require logging in.

Google Chrome HTTPS Security Push Continues

Starting in January, the Google Chrome HTTPS security warning will appear with the scheduled release of Chrome 56, Emily Schechter of the Chrome Security Team, announced. Currently, the latest version, Chrome 53, only includes a small neutral indicator next to the URL address. With the release of Chrome 56, an additional textual warning reading “not secure” will appear next to the current indicator on unencrypted websites or HTTP properties.  

Google Chrome HTTPS security example
Credit: Google

The Google Chrome HTTPS security push won’t stop at login sites. In the coming months and years, the browser will warn users about all unencrypted sites. Said implementation will begin with Incognito mode “where users may have higher expectations of privacy.” Lack of true security leaves openings for hackers. Additionally, the weakness can also be used to install malware seamlessly, commonly called an “injection attack.”

future Google Chrome HTTPS security warning
Credit: Google

A 2015 study revealed about one-third of web requests came over secure sites — the percentage has grown during the many months since. Google itself leads by example as approximately three-quarters of all its web products are HTTPS encrypted.

The search giant is also cracking down on ad use. A scheduled Google pop-up ad penalty will start in the first weeks of 2017. The penalty will negatively impact organic SERP rank for sites with interstitials.

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Owen E. Richason IV

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