Google Chrome to flag non-secure sites for users starting in 2017

Posted at 8:09 AM, Sep 12, 2016

In an effort to protect its users, Google Chrome plans to start flagging websites that put your personal information at risk. 

Starting in January, Chrome 56 is going to mark HTTP sites that ask for passwords or credit card information as non-secure, according to Google. 

Google notes on its security blog that when a user loads a website over HTTP instead of HTTPS, it's possible for another person to tamper with it before it gets to them.

That 'S' in HTTPS actually stands for secure--and when you're browsing, you may notice the little lock in the URL bar. 

Chrome will soon have the words "not secure" next to HTTP URLs. It is part of the company's plan to get all sites that are still using HTTP to transition -- pushing for a safer web experience.

A product manager on the Chrome security team explains in a recent video that HTTPS had a reputation in the past for being slow and expensive, but that's no longer the case.

Watch the HTTPS myth debunking video from Google here: