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Chrome Now Displays Not Secure Warning for More HTTP Pages

May 25, 2017 | By Editor 

You must be wondering why you are encountering more and more of HTTP warning even on webpages that you visit frequently. Authentic websites that were opening fine suddenly started displaying warnings – straight out of the blue! It is a big inconvenience – deciding whether to take a risk and open the web page or not to open the webpage. This “more encountering” on Chrome web browser is due to frequent updations, usually for security reasons, and then for better performance. Chrome has also been focussing on SSL certificates and their miss issuances.

Chrome has also changed the way it signifies the padlock icons and their color. The manner in which Chrome is displaying warnings shows that it wants to support only HTTPS pages, to ensure that website visitors always visit only safe websites. Then all HTTP pages will carry a “Not Secure” warning.

The web has also gained better knowledge and companies/organizations are trying to secure their web pages, and showcase more trust so that website visitors have a better, safer experience, and perform online financial transactions such as online purchases with total trust. Chrome intends to further increase security warnings from Chrome 62 release.

The “Not Secure” Warning

As of now, Chrome displays a “Not Secure” warning for HTTP pages that appear with fields that accept login credentials and card details. However, from the Chrome 62 release, the “Not Secure” Warning will be displayed in:

  • Any HTTP page that contains a field that asks for and accepts data to be filled in. This could be boxing for entering addresses, contacts or other data. This is a dynamic functionality that gets activated only when some data is entered in the boxes (fields).
  • Whenever the user is in incognito mode, Chrome will display this warning for all HTTPS webpages. This feature has been included as users expect their browsing sessions to be private and secure

Google Chrome’s initiatives demonstrate movement towards the safer internet, by displaying only secure and authenticated websites.

Chrome’s website security measures in effect act as an inducement for all website owners to move from HTTP web pages to SSL-secured HTTPS webpages. There are many types of SSL certificates such as – Domain Validated, Organization Validated, and Extended Validation SSL certificates. Each of these involves different levels of validation. This would be the right time for all websites to seriously consider securing their websites with SSL certificates appropriate for their needs.

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