Chrome 68 registers 'not secure' markers on unencrypted pages

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on AUG 12, 2019

Two years after Chrome announced a plan to promote the use of secured (HTTPS) pages across the browser, Chrome version 68 will now register all unencrypted, non-HTTPS pages as "not secure".

Google officially announced version 68 of the Chrome browser today, formalizing initiatives to fulfill a previous commitment to mark all unencrypted (non-HTTPS) pages as "not secure."

Previous updates demonstrate how the browser had already begun to mark critical HTTP pages as "not secure." However, moving towards the company's plans for security on its browser, Chrome announced today that it will begin removing the "Secure" marker on HTTPS sites this September.
In October, Google will mark all unencrypted sites with a red "Not secure"

According to Chrome, the number of HTTP sites across the internet was too high to feasibly mark all of the encrypted sites in this way, but with the increase of secured sites in the last several years, this feat has become more reasonable.

The browser's traffic from Android and ChromeOS have both seen increases in encryption rates (up to 76 percent protected from 42 percent for Android traffic and 85 percent protected up from 67 percent for ChromeOS), according to a Chrome Transparency Report that tracks encryption used on the browser between 2014 and 2018.

The report also states that since 2014, when only 37 of the web's top 100 sites on the browser used HTTPS as default, the number of protected top 100 sites in 2018 has risen to 83, as noted by Tech Crunch.

"While these security updates from Chrome don't appear to be a direct reaction to the security hacks in recent months, they are timely. Security, especially online, has become a particularly barbed topic following a number of bank, healthcare and election hacking incidents around the world.", Tech Crunch reports.

"Secure" sites can't ensure that your information is impenetrable, but Chrome says it plans to make continuing efforts in this space to ensure that its users have the most secure browsing experience possible