September 2017 Newsletter

**** The 4specs Perspective

Secure Websites Next Step

Just when you thought the web design requirements were going to be stable for the near future, Google throws a breaking knuckleball concerning secure or https:// websites.

From an email 4specs received from Google:


Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a "NOT SECURE" warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.

The following URLs on your site include text input fields (such as < input type="text" > or < input type="email" >) that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, so that you can take action to help protect users' data. This list is not exhaustive.

[While the email listed just the 4specs home page, every 4specs page will be affected due to the search boxes.]

The new warning is part of a long term plan to mark all pages served over HTTP as “not secure”.


This is my opinion on secure websites:

I plan to move all internal 4specs searches and forms to pages with a description why Chrome is providing a security warning. The next step will be to move these pages to a secure server on 4specs.

Feedback, comments and suggestions always appreciated.



Colin Gilboy
Publisher - 4specs
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