To help users browse the web safely and to implement encryption, Google Chrome 56 will start flagging the non HTTPS connections, also known as SSL as insecure in its popular Chrome browser.
You can expect this change on version 56 of the chrome which will be released on 31st of January, 2017.
Chrome will mark “not secure” indication before HTTP pages in the browser’s address bar that collect credit card information and passwords, and this change may surprise you or your site visitors if you are not expecting it.
According to Google, collecting such sensitive information over HTTP is dangerous as data can be easily intercepted on public wireless networks or via compromised routers.
So here’s the plan: In the upcoming Google Chrome 56 release all passwords or credit card fields are labeled “not secure” on no encrypted sites.
Then in the later releases, those warnings will be extended and non-HTTPS pages in privacy-oriented incognito mode are labeled as “Not Secure”. Eventually, the HTTP security indicator will change to the red triangle which is now used for broken HTTPS connections.
This sounds great and hopefully Google will manage it in a way that users won’t ignore as more than 80% of the time people ignore security alerts.
It is recommended that you look for support documentation that your hosting company offers and setup SSL on your system.
It has been noticed that some hosting providers offer free SSL whereas others gave a very easy installation method.
It is advisable not to ignore these methods and configure things manually as it will make situation very difficult for you.
Google offers setup guide of how to implement SSL on your website.
Are you ready for this new change in Google Chrome 56 releasing later this month? We hope to welcome you soon to the land of HTTPS!
Subscribe today to our once a week newsletter. Get all our blog posts in one digest email. No spam!