Chrome will start warning users about unsecure websites with effect from Jan 2017

In a recently released post on the Google Security blog, Google has revealed that its Chrome internet browser will soon start warning users about unsecure websites. The move will essentially mark a crusade by Chrome to crack down on websites which do not use encryption.

Revealing that Chrome's crackdown on unsecure websites will begin with effect from January 2017, in coincidence with the launch of the new Chrome version --- Chrome 56, Google said in the blog post that the browser will start marking HTTP connections which transmit passwords or credit card information as non-secure.

With Google apparently advancing towards a long-term plan of explicitly labeling all HTTP websites as unsecure, the company said that a "not secure" label will appear in a small window on the address bar of HTTP websites which have password or credit card form fields.

Google said that though the "non-secure" labels for HTTP connections will warn users about unsecure websites so that they can avert the theft of sensitive information, the company will, however, not prevent users from accessing those websites.

Highlighting the fact that loading websites via regular HTTP poses a potential risk of attack for users, Google said that the labeling of HTTP connections as "non-secure" will help steer browsers away from websites which are still not using HTTPS.