Google's HTTPS panel in Chrome
Google has issued a new set of guidelines to developers informing them that it will soon be letting users know when they are visiting non-secure web pages.

In a bid to boost the uptake of HTTPS, a significant upgrade to standard unencrypted HTTP, Google will offer advice to developers on how to boost site security.

The guidelines outline how to bolster privacy, making it harder for third parties to monitor private user activity.

Google will reward participating HTTPS sites with a green lock icon that will be visible on the browser, signifying the security of a site, and making it safer for private data transfers.

Google confirmed the changes in a post on their Chromium blog: “HTTPS preserves the integrity of a website and ensures connections with users are encrypted.

“In an effort to make deploying HTTPS easier, the Chrome 48 beta will include a new security panel in DevTools which will be rolling out over the next few days.”

If a security boost isn’t reason enough to adopt HTTPS, Google has claimed that obtaining certified green lock status will give a site a higher search ranking compared to less secure pages.

The revised security panel will display connection information for every network request, demystifying what connection errors keep you away from the green lock. Glancing at the overview for a given page, users can find information about:
  • Certificate verification, indicating whether a site has proven its identity with a TLS certificate.
  • TLS connection, indicating whether a site uses a modern, secure protocol and ciphersuite.
  • Subresource security, indicating whether a site loads insecure HTTP subresources (otherwise known as mixed content).
Have you already taken the HTTPS plunge? Will Google’s new guidelines encourage you to do so?

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