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

Ceria Alfonso
May 18, 2018

Upcoming versions of Google's Chrome will kill off some of browser's security signposting, with HTTPS sites no longer marked as "secure" in the address bar.

As per Google's post, they will remove the "secure" badge starting this September in an update to Chrome, so if you are using Chrome then and don't see the "secure" badge, you can assume that it is by default.

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. This means that as announced previously, with version 68 in July, Chrome will begin marking all HTTP sites as "Not secure" in the address bar.

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

Furthermore, Google plans to improve the "Not Secure" indicator in Chrome 70 with the addition of an animation that turns the "Not Secure" text to red whenever the user is entering data inside a form on an HTTP site.

Also, the websites that still work on HTTP will have a "Not Secure" indicator in grey color. "We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a web that's easy to use safely, by default", it says. Since obtaining HTTPS has become much cheaper and easier these days, such changes were bound to take place.

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