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From July, Chrome will flag all unencrypted websites as ‘not secure’

Google’s fight for a more secure internet continues with the announcement that its Chrome 68 update – to be released in July this year – will see all unencrypted websites (HTTP sites) marked with a ‘not secure’ label.

The internet giant began rolling out the ‘not secure’ label with the release of Chrome 56, with all HTTP sites requiring a password or containing a payment field marked with the label. Chrome 62 saw any HTTP site opened in an Incognito Window named and shamed that way.  

After these initial measures, Google says 81 of the top 100 websites on the internet now use HTTPS encryption, with over 78% of Chrome OS and Mac traffic and more than 68% on Android and Windows is secure. 

Google hopes that this change will convince site owners to adopt HTTPS encryption, and the search giant is even offering up its own Lighthouse tools to make the migration easy.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Sharmishta Sarkar

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (yes, she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing cameras and lenses, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She also contributes to Digital Camera World and T3, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines in Australia.