Google Chrome wants to help protect your passwords and credit card data from getting stolen. As a result, the Internet browser will start warning users on non-secure websites, by January of 2017. The news was posted in a Google Security blog post, where Google said Chrome 56 will begin to market HTTP connections that transmit passwords or credit card information as non-secure.
Currently, Chrome uses a neutral indicator for these types of websites. Unfortunately, it does not reveal the lack of security for this type of connection. So, when the HTTP website loads, another user on the network could be monitoring the activity and changing the website before it appears. Although, by January, Chrome users will start to see non-secure HTTP websites with a “not secure” label on the address bar.
Eventually, Google plans on flagging all non-secure HTTP sites. In addition, Google hopes to increase the transition from HTTP to HTTPS. The reason is HTTPS is a secure version of encrypted website communications identified by a green lock icon on the address bar.
Through encryption, users can input data that is then scrambled so that other users cannot understand the information being typed. HTTPS also prevents users from making changes to websites such as loading their own advertisements.Opinions expressed here by Contributors are their own.