Google is continuing its effort to increase uptake of HTTPS, and will soon make it much more obvious if you're visiting an insecure site.
Then in October 2018 with Chrome version 70, Google will start showing the red "not secure" warning when users enter data on HTTP pages.
These next steps in the process comprise the final stage in Google's plan to move "towards a more secure web", a plan that it outlined in 2016. However Google now feels that there are enough HTTPS websites where HTTP websites are now the exception and the "not secure" badge can be used.More news: What Is 'Google One' And Do You Need To Care?
Emily Schechter, Product Manager for Chrome Security, said the company is now comfortable making this move as a large chunk of Chrome's traffic is now via HTTPS. This doesn't reflect the true lack of security for HTTP connections.
"A substantial portion of web traffic has transitioned to HTTPS so far, and HTTPS usage is consistently increasing".
Google says HTTPS is cheaper and easier to use, and has also provided a set-up guide for sites seeking to make the transition.More news: Cash-stuffed designer bags seized raids on Malaysia's ex-PM
You know how Google adds the green "Secure" message in your address bar, whenever you visit a site in HTTPS? This stance will now be accelerated by the release of the new Chrome 68 in July.
Robust web security has never been more critical. Instead of a subtle grey notification in the address bar, non-HTTPS sites will be flagged up with a bright red warning triangle - the same one it now uses if there's a problem with a site's security certificate. Google is reportedly working on other security changes in the meantime. Firstly, Google is planning to remove the green coloring and secure tag from Chrome 69's UI (user interface).More news: United Kingdom government will speed up application process for shale gas extraction