Google's Chrome browser to drop secure label for all HTTPS sites

Google's Chrome browser to drop secure label for all HTTPS sites

Google's Chrome browser to drop secure label for all HTTPS sites

A couple of years ago, to help encourage websites to adopt HTTPS, they started to mark websites on Chrome with "Secure" badges in the address bar (see screenshot above).

Emily Schechter, Product Manager for Chrome Security, said the company is now comfortable making this move as a large chunk of Chrome's traffic is now via HTTPS. 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.

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

Starting with Chrome 69 (due for release in September), sites using HTTPS will no longer receive a pat on the head in the form of a green padlock icon in the address bar.

These updates are part of a plan that Google references as "HTTPS 100%" that aims to have all sites loaded in Chrome via HTTPS. "We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a web that's easy to use safely, by default", it says. "HTTPS is cheaper and easier than ever before, and unlocks powerful capabilities - so don't wait to migrate to HTTPS!"

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