Websites using HTTP may be labeled 'Not Secure'

DigiCert, Inc., the global provider of SSL/TLS certificates and other PKI solutions for securing web traffic and the Internet of Things (IoT), is providing industry guidance that millions of websites are not encrypted by default and may receive security warnings for visitors using Google Chrome browsers once Chrome 68 stable updates go live on July 23, the company said .

With the release of the Google Chrome 68 browser, any web page not running HTTPS with a valid TLS certificate will show a “Not Secure” warning in the Chrome address bar. This warning will apply to Internet-facing websites and potentially millions of corporate/private intranet sites accessed through Chrome, which has about 60 percent market share, according to publicly available data.

Chrome released HTTPS conversion tools and data earlier this year that indicated that up to 78 percent of Chrome traffic is encrypted. Internal DigiCert research found that 43 percent of the Alexa 1 million sites used HTTPS by default, while a W3Techs June 2018 survey reported that HTTPS is the default protocol for 35 percent of the top 10 million websites. This leads to the conclusion that many smaller and less-trafficked sites may still rely on HTTP.

DigiCert is a provider of scalable security solutions for a connected world. The most innovative companies, including the Global 2000, choose DigiCert for its expertise in identity and encryption for web servers and Internet of Things devices. DigiCert supports SSL/TLS and other digital certificates for PKI deployments at any scale through its certificate lifecycle management platform, CertCentral®. For the latest DigiCert news and updates, visit digicert.com or follow @digicert.