Google Chrome will start marking HTTP pages as ‘nonsecure’

Google Chrome will start marking HTTP pages as ‘nonsecure’

In an announcement made via a Thursday post on its Chromium blog, tech giant Google said that its Chrome browser will start marking HTTP sites as ‘nonsecure’ if they collect users’ passwords or credit card information.

In announcing the move, Google said that it is hopeful that the marking of HTTP pages as ‘nonsecure’ will persuade an increasing number of sites to secure their traffic by switching to HTTPS, and also otherwise abide by general security guidelines.

In explaining the move, Google said in its Chromium blog that connection security is indicated by the Chrome browser with an icon in the address bar, so as to help users in browsing sites safely.

Highlighting the fact that “Historically, Chrome has not explicitly labeled HTTP connections as nonsecure,” Google said that the changes are being rolled out in the Chrome 56 version.

Revealing that, in the coming weeks, Chrome will warn site visitors whenever they land on an HTTP site instead of an HTTPS site, Google said that the move is “part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as nonsecure” in the future.