Google has put a July deadline on a 2016 promise that its Chrome browser would tag all websites that don’t encrypt their traffic.
“Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure,'” wrote Emily Schechter, a Chrome security product manager, in a Feb. 8 post to a company blog.
Google has scheduled Chrome 68 to release in Stable form – analogous to production-level quality – during the week of July 22-28.
Starting then, Chrome will insert a “Not secure” label into the address bar of every website that uses HTTP connections between its servers and users. Sites that instead rely on HTTPS to encrypt the back-and-forth traffic will display their URLs normally in the address bar.
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