Google Chrome will now WARN users when they visit these ‘1,000’ websites
GOOGLE Chrome is set for an update that will issue security warnings to over 1,000 websites.
Google Chrome is considered to be the most popular internet software around, beating the likes of Firefox and Microsoft Edge in terms of monthly users.
Google regularly updates its browser to introduce everything from subtle tweaks to gargantuan overhauls.
Google Chrome’s latest version, 70, is expected to release on October 16 and will provide alerts to websites the browser believes are not secure.
The decision is part of Google’s initiative to move sites onto a HTTPS format.
HTTPS is an encryption standard that provides more secure connections between a user and an online page.
The current version of Chrome, 69, already marks webpages using a HTTPS format with a lock to show they are trusted.
However, Chrome 70 will further distinguish between HTTPS and HTTP by labelling the latter as “not secure” next to the page’s URL.
A warning sign and the words “not secure” will be presented in red.
Explaining the change, Google said: “Previously, HTTP usage was too high to mark all HTTP pages with a strong red warning, but in October 2018 (Chrome 70), we’ll start showing the red ‘not secure’ warning when users enter data on HTTP pages.
“We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a web that’s easy to use safely, by default.
“HTTPS is cheaper and easier than ever before, and unlocks powerful capabilities – so don’t wait to migrate to HTTPS!”
For a website to achieve the HTTPS standard they have to use a HTTPS certificate provider.
These providers are typically trusted by browsers but can be distrusted in certain circumstances.
Back in September, 2017, Google announced it would distrust provider Symantec, meaning it would no longer recognise its HTTPS certificate.
Security researcher Scott Helme recently calculated at least 1,139 from the million highest ranked sites by Alexa would be impacted by this new security feature.
This means Google Chrome 70 will affect 0.11 percent of the top million ranked websites.