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Google Chrome will soon out unencrypted websites as ‘HTTP provides no data security'


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

January 28, 2016 | 2 min read

Google Chrome has issued guidelines to web developers informing them it will tell web users when they visit non-secure pages.

In a bid to boost the uptake of HTTPS pages, an upgrade upon the standard unencrypted HTTP that makes up the fabric of much of the internet, Chrome is guiding developers on how to up their security game.

The guidelines outline how to bolster user privacy, making it harder for third parties to monitor web activity. Google Chrome will reward participating sites with a green lock visible on the browser, signifying the security of said site, making it safer for the transferal of personal and financial details.

On security, the Google Chromium blog reads: “HTTPS preserves the integrity of your website and ensures connections with your users are encrypted.

“In an effort to make deploying HTTPS easier, Chrome 48 beta includes a new security panel in DevTools which will be rolling out more broadly over the next few days.”

An update coming to the Chrome Developer Tools will guide administrators in earning a green lock, which, the company claims, gives sites a higher search ranking above less secure entities.

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