Google Chrome now labels non-HTTPS sites as not secure
Emily Schechter, Google's Security Project Manager for Chrome, cited specific statistics from the company's transparency report concerning the adoption of HTTPS across the Internet:
- 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
In addition to these statistics, Schechter's post announcing the rollout of version 68 of Google Chrome details how this change in how the web browser treats pages displayed over HTTP instead of HTTPS are inherently less secure.
The latest version of Chrome that includes the new HTTP "not secure" warning is rolling out on all of the web browser's supported platforms.
Web developers that need to incorporate support for HTTPS for their websites have free options, such as Let's Encrypt, in order to help them do so.