As notified by Google, beginning in January 2017, the browser Google Chrome (version 56 and later) will mark pages that collect passwords or credit card details as “Not Secure” unless the pages are served over HTTPS. The new warning is the first stage of a long-term plan to mark all pages served over the non-encrypted HTTP protocol as “Not Secure”.
What is HTTPS?
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user's computer and the site. Users expect a secure and private online experience when using a website. We encourage you to adopt HTTPS in order to protect your users' connection to your website, regardless of the content on the site.
Data sent using HTTPS is secured via Transport Layer Security protocol (TLS), which provides three key layers of protection:
- Encryption — encrypting the exchanged data to keep it secure from eavesdroppers. That means that while the user is browsing a website, nobody can "listen" to their conversations, track their activities across multiple pages, or steal their information.
- Data integrity — data cannot be modified or corrupted during transfer, intentionally or otherwise, without being detected.
- Authentication — proves that your users communicate with the intended website. It protects against man-in-the-middle attacks and builds user trust, which translates into other business benefits.
How the Non-Secure status will be displayed?
To help users browse the web safely, Google Chrome indicates connection security with an icon in the address bar. Historically, Chrome has not explicitly labelled HTTP connections as non-secure. Beginning in January 2017 (Chrome 56), it will however mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.
The latest Google notification is surely going to impact the world wide web in a big way where user's experience, concerns of privacy and security shall become a major stepping stone in publishing contents and transacting online. Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers today and this notification would surely impact any website visitors using this browser with the concerns of privacy and data security.
TechnoDG has always emphasized working towards a safe and secure user experience on all our online endeavours and projects and look forward to enhance the same as per this latest Google notification.
Please be informed that we expect similar implementation may be soon brought into effect by other browsers as well to enhance the user's security and their credibility, popularity and user-base.
Please feel free to get in touch with us in case you need any further assistance or clarification.
Posted on: Friday, 3rd February 2017 9:51 AM