Starting in the near future, users of the Google Chrome browser may notice security warnings being displayed on a variety of web sites, potentially including database, e-book and e-journal sites.
Chrome will display the security messages as part of an effort to encourage web site publishers to use the https protocol, which ensures that any information entered on the page is transmitted over the web securely. Web pages where you enter passwords, credit card information, and other sensitive information should already be using https. However, not all web sites currently use https for information typed into search boxes (such as research topics in databases). By offering security warnings in Chrome, Google hopes to encourage all publishers to use https for all web pages.
If you encounter a security warning, and are confident that the web site you’re trying to use is legitimate, Chrome generally gives you options to bypass the warning (such as by clicking the “Advanced” link on the warning page). You can also use an alternate browser, such as Firefox or Safari.
As customers of database, e-book, and e-journal publishers, the library community is encouraging publishers to update their sites to use the https protocol.
For more information, see Google’s announcement on increasing Chrome https requirements.