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Online security has become a higher concern with the enactment of the GDPR and the changes accompanying it. Many companies are making strides towards a more secure internet, including Google.
More developers have been building sites using HTTPS instead of HTTP; the added “s” stands for secure and means you have an SSL certificate installed on your server. Starting July 1, Google’s Chrome browser will be explicitly marking HTTP sites as “Not secure”, and won’t encourage click-throughs.
Since SSL became the expected standard for websites in the past few years, web developers have been working to secure the sites they manage. This change has been huge across the internet:
- More than 68% of traffic on both Android and Windows is protected.
- More than 78% of traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is protected.
- 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default.
Chrome’s new interface will help users understand that HTTP sites are not secure, and continue to move the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default. HTTPS is easier and cheaper than ever before, and it unlocks both performance improvements and powerful new features that are too sensitive for HTTP.
Is your site subject to the new Chrome warning? It’s easy to find out. Look for the green padlock symbol in your browser’s address bar. (Above is an example of what you want.)
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