By the end of 2017, it's almost a certainty that the Google-developed Chrome browser will flag all non-HTTPS sites as "non-secure". Currently, only HTTPS sites lacking certificates (or out-of-date or incorrectly configured ones) earn the red triangle of doom. But what if Google flicked the switch now? What would the web look like?
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Google's inexorable march towards "a more secure web" continues, with the internet giant recently posting an update regarding the next steps it will take with Chrome to flag "non-secure" websites. 2017 looks like the year things will get serious, with sites featuring data-sensitive form fields and no HTTPS support in the crosshairs.
Setting up HTTPS to bring encryption to a web domain can be an arduous process, which is why Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Cisco and Mozilla set up Let's Encrypt, a free and automated certificate authority to make the process a lot easier. Let's Encrypt has just issued its first HTTPS certificate under its beta program and here's how you can sign up to it.