Google Chrome to Label HTTP Websites as “Not Secure” in July
A February post on Chromium Blog states, “Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”. In other words, if your website is not using HTTPS, it will be labeled as a security threat in Chrome. Ultimately, websites that do not make the switch to HTTPS will see heavy reductions in traffic.
Image Source: Chromium Blog
Chromium Blog additionally posted the following statements:
- Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
- Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
- 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
Consonant Marketing began moving our clients to HTTTPS in 2015. Additionally, we posted about switching from HTTP to HTTPS in 2017. Most web hosts and webmasters have taken Google’s 2014 ‘HTTPS as a Ranking Signal’ announcement seriously enough to convince them to make the switch. On the other hand, there are still millions of websites across the internet that have yet to implement the change. If your website is not using SSL and HTTPS, the time to change is right now.
If you are reading this post and would like assistance with making the switch, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help!
Dustin Templeton is a digital marketing veteran and SMB consultant who works with business owners and entrepreneurs to maximize productivity and grow sales from the internet. Read his full bio here.