Chrome is Removing its “Secure” URL Indicator

By Stephanie Smith  |  Created May 18, 2018  |  PC |  Internet | 

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The upcoming versions of Chrome browser will focus on highlighting its negative security indicators. Google announced today plans stop making HTTPS sites as “Secure” on the address bar. Instead of the indicator there will only be a lock icon when the user is navigating to an HTTPS secured website. This change will take effect with the release of Chrome 69, scheduled for September. The reason behind this is because Google wants the default state to be secure. The tech giant already revealed earlier this year that all HTTP-only sites will be marked as “Not Secure” in July. Chrome team will clearly take things a step further by October considering that the usually grey “Not Secure” warning will flash red as soon as user starts typing in data on http pages.

These updates are part of a plan that Google references as “HTTPS 100%” that aims to have all sites loaded in Chrome via HTTPS, which will force websites to migrate to more secure HTTPS protocol. Even though half the web is already encrypted, we will still need to get used to looking at the address bar and making sure it doesn’t have Chrome’s negative indicators. “We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a web that’s easy to use safely, by default”, Schechter said. “HTTPS is cheaper and easier than ever before and unlocks powerful capabilities so don’t wait to migrate to HTTPS!”