Google to Roll Out Chrome 68 Security Update

May 8th, 2018 by Jared Jones

Is your website safe from google's not secure warning - Search Influence

After years and years of warning, the time is finally upon us. In July 2018, Google Chrome will release its 68th version, which will, for the first time, clearly mark sites that do not have SSL certificates as “Not Secure” in the address bar.

Previously, a small exclamation point encased in a circle would be included with these websites, but now, the actual words will appear next to the web address to add a bit more shock value to the lack of the SSL certificate. The screenshot below from Google’s Security Blog shows the stark difference that we’ll see once Chrome updates this summer.

Treatment of HTTP pages image - Search Influence

If that isn’t enough to have you change to https, Google has also revealed an “eventual” timeline for non-https websites to have this even more threatening alert in the address bar:

Eventual treatment of all HTTP pages in Chrome graphic - Search Influence

Waiting until the last minute to update your site is a recipe for disaster. Updating your site to https isn’t as easy as flipping a switch, and some technical knowledge is required to help it go off without a hitch.

To learn more about the switch from HTTP to HTTPs, check out our blog The Final Countdown: Secure Your Website to Align With Google’s Update to Chrome, or contact us for help in the transition.