Google Chrome's green "Secure" URL label will soon disappear

Google Chrome to Phase Out'Secure Badge for HTTPS Sites Starting September

Chrome Security Product Manager Emily Schechter has announced that Chrome 69 which will be available commercially in September will stop highlighting HTTPS sites as "Secure" on the address bar. 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.

HTTP is a protocol internet users use to connect to various websites, and HTTPS is a more secure version of that protocol. Chrome developers said that Chrome will provide clearer warnings for insecure retail sites in an effort to force websites to migrate to the more secure HTTPS protocol. Luckily, it seems like Google has managed to convince web developers that going with HTTPS is the right thing to do because Google's reports are showing that more than 82% of all Chrome pages in the U.S. are loaded via HTTPS instead of HTTP. Moreover, the secure tag also shows that the user's data is being encrypted and that it is not going to be sent in plain text like HTTP does.

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


These updates are part of a plan that Google references as "HTTPS 100%" that aims to have all sites loaded in Chrome via HTTPS.

According to Google, "Users should expect that the web is safe by default, and they'll be warned when there's an issue". Since obtaining HTTPS has become much cheaper and easier these days, such changes were bound to take place.

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