Evolving Chrome's security indicators

Evolving Chrome's security indicators

Google announced earlier today plans to drop the "Secure" indicator from the Chrome URL address bar and only show a lock icon when the user is navigating to an HTTPS-secured website.

This July, when Google Chrome 68 gets released, the first part of changes will go live, and HTTP sites will get the "Not Secure" message. Since we'll soon start marking all HTTP pages as "not secure", we'll step towards removing Chrome's positive security indicators so that the default unmarked state is secure.

"The Android parent also wants to add new notifications such as "not secure" and "!" which are going to let Google Chrome fans know when the website that they are accessing is not secure and that their data is in a vulnerable spot. Back in 2016, Chrome highlighted non-HTTPS sites display a "neutral" info symbol.

Since most traffic is HTTPS anyway, it's not necessary to draw the user's attention to the "Secure" indicator anymore.

The upcoming feature that aims to ensure you know you're typing data on an HTTP site is even an evolved version of one of the warnings Chrome released past year when Chrome warned you while typing on some non-secure sites.

Do you think the move makes sense, or did you find the "Secure" label reassuring? The good thing is half of the site is now encrypted.

This changes will reflect from October with the release of Chrome 70.

Google Chrome and all other popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox have been trying to get web developers to switch to HTTPS for a long time now.

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