The idea of adding some warning for the non-HTTPS websites is not new, it was planned from 2014. As Expected, From First Half of 2017, New Versions of Firefox & Chrome Will Warn Non-HTTPS Websites as Insecure. After availability of Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate as well as low cost DV SSL (read the comparison of Free Let’s Encrypt SSL with paid DV SSL), there can not be much reasons for the webmasters not to upgrade their websites.
To upgrade the Chrome browser, go to :
To upgrade the Firefox browser, simply go to Firefox > About Firefox.
How New Firefox, Chrome Will Warn Non-HTTPS Websites as Insecure
The two popular browsers will deliver security warning and downgrade of certain APIs. The words Not Secure along with a custom icon different than HTTPS sites in the address bar is appearing from release of version 56 of Chrome. A similar notice will also be shown in all non-HTTPS pages in which it will be asked to complete a form to access certain services, like e-commerce sites. We have shown in the below visual guide how they looks like :
They want to avoid alarming the user but at the same time they want to secure connections. Firefox 51 will also adopted a similar system in the next stable build, which is instead already available from some release in the developer version.
The main obstacles so far dismissed the companies from HTTPS have been minimised the problems with initiatives like Let’s Encrypt which made the implementation cost to zero. Also HTTP/2 factually need HTTPS in real life. These set of upgrades was quite expected and the webmasters who has not yet upgraded but earning huge money via Adverts really need to be penalised and delisted by the search engines. However, we have not seen any serious effort by Google AdSense in this process despite Google’s false promise of higher SERP for the websites hosted on secured servers.