Google Tweaks the Rules of Internet Security for the Better

On July 24th, Google Chrome will be cracking down on websites that still have HTTP encryptions by labeling them as “not secure” according to Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter. This means HTTP sites that had neutral information icons will now come with a warning to visitors. However, site owners who switch to HTTPS-encrypted security are rewarded with a green lock icon and a sign featuring Google’s new favorite word – “secure.”

With Google Chrome’s latest update, version 68, the gentle persuasion used in the past to get site owners to use HTTPS will turn into a stricter demand; but, this is not the first time the company has put a heavy foot down on internet safety. In 2015, sites without newer security began to see their rankings drop, and a similar theme continued in the following years.

Google’s big push toward HTTPS came from an already consistent site encryption migration to the more impressive security. HTTP users need a bit more convincing to join the other sites, but there is good reason to make the switch.

HTTPS safeguards the connection between your browser and the website you are visiting. This deflects harmful tampering or spying that older security measures had difficulty stopping. Without HTTPS, your router or ISP could unintentionally capture malware.

Fortunately, security concerns can be avoided more efficiently by updating to HTTPS.

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