Google Chrome 68 — the version that makes HTTPS mandatory.
Starting in July, Google began rolling out the stable version of Chrome 68.
Chrome users are going to see some big changes.
What’s changing in Chrome 68?
Starting today, any website still being served via HTTP will receive a negative visual indicator that says, “not secure” beside the URL in Chrome’s address bar.
Here’s an example of how the treatment for HTTP will change, using Chrome 64 (which has the current user interface) against Chrome 68.
Google plans to up the ante in future versions of Chrome, too.
Soon, when someone attempts to input text into an HTTP page the warning will switch from black font to a more urgent shade of red.
That’s not all, either. Currently, websites that are being served via HTTPS receive a positive indicator—it says “Secure” with a little padlock icon in the space to the left of the URL in the address bar.
But not for long. In a future release, Google plans to eliminate the indicator for Domain Validated and Organization Validated SSL certificates entirely.
Why is Google making HTTPS mandatory?
It all comes down to the overall security of the web. HTTP has served its purpose but its fatal flaw is in its lack of security.
Specifically, its lack of connection security.
When an internet user’s web browser arrives at an HTTP website, all of their communication with that site is sent in plaintext that can easily be intercepted and stolen.
This is hardly ideal in a number of contexts, from online banking to healthcare to social media, so Google and the rest of the browsers a pushing to make better connection security a default for the entire internet.
When you install an SSL/TLS certificate and migrate your website to HTTPS, it facilitates encrypted connections, which keep the data being transmitted from being eavesdropped on or even manipulated.
You may not have noticed, but most reputable businesses and organizations on the internet already use SSL/TLS certificates and HTTPS.
You can tell by the little green padlock beside the address bar. Some browsers also still show the protocol https:// at the start of the URL, too.
Flexihost has been preparing for this change for quite some time.
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