Google Chrome and Firefox marking regular HTTP sites as insecure or otherwise alerting the user the connection is not encrypted has been in the works for a while. I never paid much attention to the proposal until noticing Chrome showing a little information alert icon next to regular HTTP pages instead of the usual globe icon.
For reference here are the icons:
Old globe icon.
New info icon for HTTP sites.
This is the standard green pad lock for HTTPS sites.
Eventually standard HTTP sites will have this icon.
As a webmaster it feels a bit heavy-handed. However moving over to SSL is a good idea in general. The more regular people are aware of secured vs unsecured sites the better off we all are in general.
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Let’s secure every website and service we can with SSL certificates. What do you think about ‘warning’ people they’re browsing a standard HTTP site?