Google Chrome pushes the web toward HTTPS
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Google Chrome pushes the web toward HTTPS

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[SOUND] Starting today, Google's Chrome browser will start showing you a, quote, not secure message when you're on a website that still uses HTTP instead of HTTPS. So Alfred Why don't you talk us through what the difference is between these two. Yeah so HTTPS is basically an encrypted version of HTTP and that's basically the way that you get onto a website or anything like that, that's the start of all URL's and what that basically means, is that if you are using and HTTPS website, somebody whose on the same wifi as you or like snooping on your wifi network Wont be able to basically see your passwords or what websites you're going on or anything like that because it'd be all encrypted. And a lot of hackers do rely on people going to http websites because in that way they can gather all this information on people very easily. And it's much harder on HT to be us. What Google is doing with Chrome in the sense is that it used to just always say secure If you went on an HTTPS website. But now what they're doing instead is like calling out like bad behavior, as opposed to like this Is a secure website now. What they're doing is, if you go on a website without it, It will say not secure at the beg, at the top and then it will also do you like a little like. Pop up box [CROSSTALK] that basically is like, hey, the website you're visiting is not secure. So don't enter your password or any sensitive data or anything like that while you're on here. Right. So it's a little bit more assertive from Google to try to encourage more sites to go to https. Off hand, and I know I'm kind of quizzing you hand, do you have any idea of how many sites have sites have switched to HTTPS? I would say, I believe, the last time I checked 75% of the Internet is on HTTPS already. Nice. So a good chunk of the Internet is on HTTPS. I think when I was doing a story on this and I wanted to purposely find an HTTP website, I had a really hard time doing that, so.

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