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Google Chrome Will Begin Marking HTTP Sites as “Not Secure”

Images of a security lock

Beginning July 23, the latest version of Google Chrome (version 68) will begin adding a “not secure” designation in the address bar of websites running HTTP, instead of HTTPS. This may give the perception that a site contains a threat.

Below is an example of what you will see when visiting an HTTP page:

Treatment of HTTP pages in Chrome 68

While this designation is meant to further differentiate encrypted sites (HTTPS) from encrypted sites (HTTP), it does not give a complete assessment of a website’s overall security.

An encrypted site means that information received from and passed to the site is private. It’s important to verify a site is using HTTPS when submitting information to that site. An unencrypted site isn’t using a private connection. On pages that are informational (ones that aren’t asking for your information or requesting you fill out a form, for example) a private connection isn’t always needed.

For additional information about website connections using Google Chrome, visit Google’s support website.

If you have questions about this change or about the security of the web pages you visit, please contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or

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