Google to mark HTTP webpages as “not secure”

From the 1st of July 2018 Google will begin marking all HTTP websites and webpages as “not secure”. This change will coincide with the release of their updated browser, Chrome 68. The marking will appear within the URL browser navigation bar at the top and will look like this:

You can find additional information on Googles security blog article here:

So what will this mean?

Google has been actively leading the market in persuading webmasters and advertisers to change HTTPS for their webpages. This can only be a good thing. Like Google we agree that the more pages that switch to secure protocol the better to ensure a safer environment to end users, in fact ExoClick introduced HTTPS ad formats on its platform back in March 2014 to create a secure ad browsing experience, click here for more info.

As Google now begins to push harder for this, it is time for the ad industry in general to do the same. Your pages, should they remain in HTTP, will become less trusted by end users and may result in a loss of website users, or for advertisers, negatively impact conversions.


Do I need to change now?

We advise you to switch from HTTP to HTTPS sooner rather than later. There is a current trend in the industry to migrate to HTTPS and we predict that at some point in the very near future this will become a mandatory requirement.


What do I need to do to Switch to HTTPS?

The size of a web page will define just how much work is needed for you to make the switch. To help we recommend you take a look at the following articles:

HTTP to HTTPS: An SEO’s guide to securing a website

A comprehesive guide to SSL certificatens

Using the Mixed Content audit tool in Lighthouse

We hope you find these useful.

Should you have any further questions feel free to contact us here

Bryan McDonald