Millions of Chrome users are seeing warnings that sites are “not secure” in a new change.
The change has been made in the latest version of Google’s browser. It is supposed to be a way of heartening sites to introduce the latest web technology – but means that large numbers of people are being told their browsing might be insecure.
It is a result of Google’s attempts to hearten sites to move over to HTTPS, a new protected way of delivering websites. Pages that use that standard have more encryption, making it harder for web browsing to be intercepted as it moves across the internet.
But HTTPS requires a major overhaul of websties – especially those with large infrastructures – meaning that many major websites have not yet updated.
Security experts say that the message essentially meant that the websites were less secure than others, not that they had become more compromised in any new way.
“As expected, several high-profile websites now greet Chrome users with a “Not Secure” warning from today,” said Kevin Bocek, chief cybersecurity strategist at Venafi. “Understandably, this might create some confusion and concern – but people shouldn’t worry, it’s actually a sign that the internet as a whole is becoming more secure.
“The fact is, websites should be secure as the de facto standard; it’s only right that Google is warning against sites that do not use HTTPS attention so that users aren’t exposed to risk. This will pressure businesses to step up their game and improve security across the internet, which can only be a good thing.”
As Google Chrome updates itself, it is possible that the latest version of the software has probably arrived on your computer without you necessarily realising it.
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