In an attempt to keep your browsing data safe from anyone who could be spying on your web traffic, Google Chrome will flag every site that uses HTTP encryption as “not secure.” Starting in July, with the launch of Chrome 68, the browser will warn users with an extra notification in the address bar. Chrome currently marks HTTPS-encrypted sites with a green lock icon and “Secure” sign.
If you’re not a techie then you may be wondering why in the hell is this important. Well, without the HTTPS encryption someone with access to your router or ISP (internet service provider) could intercept information sent to websites or inject malware into otherwise legitimate pages.
Google Chrome has also employed several other tactics, including ranking sites with HTTPS higher in its search results, as an incentive to drive web developers to adopt the technology.