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Chrome Changes: Encryption Notification

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Google Chrome version 56 (based on the open-source Chromium web browser) is scheduled to be released at the end of the month. One of the major user-level changes is how sites without encryption will appear. Until now there has just been a lowercase letter “i” with a circle around it — this was typically an indicator to get more information about the site. In the upcoming version this symbol will be accompanied by a “not secure” message to indicate that the site is not secure:

The difference between Chrome 53 and Chrome 56 when a non-encrypted site is visited: The circled lowercase "i" will be accompanied by "Not secure"

 

Google has also indicated that future versions of Chrome will continue to make sites that are not encrypted appear with a more prominent warning symbol:

In future versions of Chrome the "Not secure" indicator will be red, have a triangle exclamation mark warning icon, and be much bolder.

 

Imminent: Non-HTTPS Sites Labeled “Not Secure” by Chrome

Google warned about this back in September of 2016.

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