Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Google to Phase Out 'Secure' Badge In Chrome's Address Bar

Google to Phase Out 'Secure' Badge In Chrome's Address Bar

Starting from Chrome version 69, which is set to release in September, websites working on HTTPS will no longer feature the secure text in address bar.

Instead, Chrome will focus on highlighting situations when the user is accessing an insecure HTTP website. With the start of the October, the usually gray "Not Secure" warning will flash red as soon as you start typing in data on HTTP pages.

Google's first stab at labelling non-encrypted sites came in the form of a discreet "i" icon, which users could click to find out more.

Google's ultimate goal is for all sites to use HTTPS encryption.

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As the company explains, the removal of the "Secure" mark is part of Google's efforts to remove "Chrome's positive security indicators so that the default unmarked state is secure".

"A substantial portion of web traffic has transitioned to HTTPS so far, and HTTPS usage is consistently increasing". The Chrome team encourages all website owners to make the transition to the HTTPS protocol. This stance will now be accelerated by the release of the new Chrome 68 in July.

Since most traffic is HTTPS anyway, it's not necessary to draw the user's attention to the "Secure" indicator anymore. Learn more about protecting retail web applications here. Instead of a subtle grey notification in the address bar, non-HTTPS sites will be flagged up with a bright red warning triangle - the same one it now uses if there's a problem with a site's security certificate.

Google announced on Thursday in an official blog post that the "Secure" indicator on websites will be removed from September onwards.

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