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Chrome fans might have noticed a little change in their browsers today. Assuming you’re running Chrome’s latest iteration, version 68, you’ll now see a big “not secure” button in the address bar whenever you pull up a website that starts with http:// instead of https://. (For what it’s worth, I’m using Chrome version 67.0.3396.99, and it pops up there, too, whenever a page has a data entry field.)

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HTTPS is vital for keeping personal data safe when surfing the web and there's a lot of pressure for website operators to start using it. In Chrome, the browser uses four different icons in the URL bar to indicate just how secure websites are based on their HTTPS use. Not anymore.

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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.