Chrome continues HTTP phase-out by removing 'secure' icon from HTTPS sites


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.

Since October 2017, Chrome has marked HTTP pages as not secure whenever they are accessed via the browser's Incognito mode. With internet growingly becoming an insecure place to be, companies such as Google are putting in extra effort to make sure users stay safe, or at least know when they're treading over unsafe territory. However Google now feels that there are enough HTTPS websites where HTTP websites are now the exception and the "not secure" badge can be used.

"When you load a website over HTTP, someone else on the network can look at or modify the site before it gets to you".

The search giant has for some time been encouraging developers to switch their sites to the more secure HTTPS protocol. Things will then be taken a step further in October with the release of Chrome 70, when the browser will begin to flash a red "Not secure" warning as soon as a user begins to enter data on HTTP pages.

Google's Chrome browser to drop secure label for all HTTPS sites
Google Chrome to Remove “Secure” Indicator From HTTPS Pages in September

Now over 68% of Chrome traffic on Android and Windows is protected while over 78% is encrypted on Chrome OS and Mac.

Google announced on Thursday in an official blog post that the "Secure" indicator on websites will be removed from September onwards. The latest development will not affect sites that are now using the HTTP standard.

"HTTPS is easier and cheaper than ever before, and it unlocks both performance improvements and powerful new features that are too sensitive for HTTP".

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