We all knew it was coming eventually but the date is rapidly approaching, July 2018 to be exact, when Google Chrome will flag every website that does not use HTTPS encryption. Overall, this is a security measure that will help to protect your customers’ as well as your businesses sensitive data by providing end-to-end encryption when data is in transit between your users’ browser and your website’s server.
This action from Google Chrome is part of a process that has been ongoing for several years already. In 2016, Google Chrome started showing the ‘not secure’ warning for websites that asked for passwords and credit cards in order to alert users that their sensitive data could be stolen in transit by anyone spying on the website’s traffic. However, this next step will show the ‘not secure’ warning in the address bar for EVERY website that doesn’t have HTTPS in their URL regardless of whether sensitive data is collected or not.