Google Chrome Security Changes: Don’t Panic
In the book series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the phrase “Don’t Panic” is featured prominently on the guide’s cover. The phrase is meant to remind readers to keep calm during scary situations they might find themselves in.
When it comes to having a galaxy of information at your fingertips, Google and the Chrome browser can certainly feel like a real-world hitchhiker’s guide. And like the guide, Chrome wants users to feel safe. That’s why they began the practice of letting users know if the websites they’re visiting are secure.
That is still the goal, but soon they’ll go about achieving it in a different way.
Google recently announced that it will be making some changes to the way Chrome treats HTTP (insecure) and HTTPS (secure) websites.
Now here’s why you shouldn’t panic. The majority of the internet has already adopted HTTPS encryption, and Google is adjusting its labels to reflect the idea that the web is “safe by default.” Starting in September, the “Secure” label currently accompanying HTTPS sites will be removed.
Instead, Google will start flagging HTTP sites as “Not secure” beginning in July. This change will be expanded in October, with Google displaying a stronger red warning label whenever an insecure page prompts users to enter form data.
Just because your favorite website (or your dealership site) will no longer be explicitly labeled as “Secure” by Chrome in September doesn’t mean it’s less secure than it was before. Google is simply taking another step toward creating a more secure internet and protecting your information.
So don’t panic when you go online — and always know where your towel is.