Google pushes encryption

Of the 100 largest websites on the Internet, 81 of them rely on HTTPS connections. These and other numbers Google told in an announcement, which was about the display of unencrypted pages in the Chrome browser. So the big players are making it and relying on secure connections. If it goes to Google, it will soon be much more. That means not only the big players, but also the many small websites that do not use encryption.

Google has been pursuing the goal for years that all connections on the Internet should be encrypted and thanks to the in-house Chrome browser, this goal can be brought into the consciousness of the user. For example, in Chrome, a small icon in front of the URL indicates that a page is not encrypted. But with this rather subtle hint it should not stay. With the Chrome version 68, the browser should warn more clearly against unencrypted connections – including the text “Not Secure”. The browser version is expected to be released in July 2018. So there is still some time left to switch websites to https.

But does the conversion really have to be? It is certainly not a must, but when the warnings from Google are becoming more and more conspicuous, the users will become attentive and, above all, insecure. The misuse of data is anyway an issue where users get scared quickly. If it is then prominently pointed to an insecure website, this should also scare the user. It can also be assumed that Google will point even more prominently and conspicuously to missing encryptions in the future. So at least new pages should always be set up the same way – but for existing ones, it certainly pays to update them gradually and avoid such warnings.