Today Google officially announced version 68 of the Chrome browser. The latest updates will be a step towards fulfilling its promise to mark all unencrypted (non-HTTPS) pages as “not secure.” Though this plan has taken almost two years for Chrome to execute its plan to promote the use of secured (HTTPS) pages across the browser.
Previously released browser updates had already started to mark critical HTTP pages which collect bank and personal information and marked them as “not secure”. But after a period of nearly two years to achieve the goal of the so-called security on its browser. In a move to implement this plan Chrome today announced to remove “Secure” marker on HTTPS sites this September and begin marking all unencrypted sites with a red “Not secure” marker this October.
Chrome’s earlier studies revealed the number of HTTP sites across the internet was too high, as a result of this it was not feasible to mark all encrypted sites. But with the increase in the number of secured sites over the last few years has now made this task a bit more achievable
Chrome Transparency Report which tracks encryption use on browsers between 2014 and 2018 suggested there has been increasing in the browser traffic from Android and Chrome OS. Both the browser saw a surge in encryption rates (Android improved from 42% to 76% and Chrome OS from 67% to 76%). The report also indicated there has been an increase in the number of sites using HTTPs as default. In the year 2014, 37 out of 100 sites were using HTTPs as default and this has improved from 2018 to 83.
There have been many incidents where security online has been compromised, banks, healthcare and election hacking has become around the world. Though Chrome has not reacted to the security hacks but the action is timely.
Chrome suggested though secure sites won’t assure your information is inaccessible but will strive in its efforts to ensure that its users enjoy the most secure browsing experience as possible.