Earlier this month, Google has announced that its Speed Update will be rolling out in July.  On February 8, it was announced that Google will then also mark all sites that don’t use HTTPS as ‘not secure.’

The move will take place along the side of the release of Chrome 68 and will look like this in a browser:

HTTPS warning in Chrome 68

The push to make more websites secure has been going on for years by Google, and has even hinted a small

rankings boost to further incentivize the shift. The campaign has proved successful. According to their blog post:

  • Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
  • Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
  • 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

A migration from HTTP to HTTPS can be a big undertaking depending on the size and scope of the project.  The following resources are in-depth guides to making this change on your client’s sites, along with resources for validation and dealing with mixed content issues.

 

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