Mozilla Firefox 60 and newer versions of the web browser support two new browser preferences that highlight HTTP websites as "not secure" in the browser's address bar.
HTTPS is pushed throughout the Web and many sites and services migrated to HTTPS already. Browser makers like Google or Mozilla prepare to mark HTTP sites and services as not secure which will give HTTPS adoption another push as sites may lose users if they are marked as not secure.
Google announced this week that it plans to mark all HTTP sites as not secure in Chrome 68. The browser is scheduled for release in mid-2018.
While it is not clear yet when Firefox will start to mark HTTP sites as not secure, we know now that Firefox 60 comes with two preferences that power the functionality.
Firefox displays a "not secure" flag in the browser's address when when the preferences are enabled similarly to how Google Chrome marks HTTP sites.
Here is how you configure these options right now (requires Firefox 60 or newer):
This preference adds the "not secure" flag to HTTP sites in regular browsing mode.
This preference adds the "not secure" flag to HTTP sites in private browsing mode.
Let's Encrypt data, which uses Firefox Telemetry data to get a read on pageloads over HTTP and HTTPS, saw global HTTPS connections at about 70% yesterday and US traffic at 78.6% already.
HTTPS adoption will improve in 2018, and one reason for that is that browser makers will mark HTTP pages as "not secure". Webmasters who don't want their sites to show up as insecure need to migrate to HTTPS. Considering that it takes some preparation to do so, especially for sites with more than a few dozen pages, it seems like a very good idea to start the migration asap if it has not started already.
Now You: Do you care if a site uses HTTPS? (via Sören Hentzschel)
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.