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Changes in Chrome for HTTPS & HTTP Indicators

Lately, Chrome has made a number of changes regarding HTTPs & HTTP indicators and are going to release another one with Chrome 70 (October 23th, 2018).

The biggest change so far has come in Chrome 68 (released July 24th, 2018). On all HTTP pages, Chrome 68 displays a warning reading “Not Secure” to the left of the URL in the address bar. To prevent this you should set up an SSL certificate for your website and deploy HTTPS—ideally to every page.

The green “Secure” text is no longer present starting in Chrome 69 (September  2018). As it is written at Chromium blog: “Users should expect that the web is safe by default, and they’ll be warned when there’s an issue. We’ll soon start marking all HTTP pages as “not secure”, we’ll step towards removing Chrome’s positive security indicators so that the default unmarked state is secure. Chrome will roll this out over time, starting by removing the “Secure” wording and HTTPS scheme in September 2018 (Chrome 69).”

This is a step further than other browsers go, who just show a padlock and https:// for every SSL certificate, plus a company name in green for EV SSL certificates.

In October 2018 (Chrome 70), they will start showing the red “not secure” warning when users enter data on HTTP pages.

All Cloud Next hosting includes a FREE SSL certificate when using our name servers.  If you are not using our name servers we are able to provide an SSL for your website from as little as £24.99 per year.  If you have any questions on this, please do contact our support team from a support ticket in your Cloud Next Account Control Panel.