Google Chrome makes a change to protect you
Google plans to remove the lock icon from Chrome’s address bar when users visit secure sites with HTTPS enabled.
The company has long been a fan of HTTPS, and in 2014 it even made the protocol one of its ranking factors so that sites still using HTTP rank lower in its search results.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is a protocol that allows browsers to send and receive responses from web hosting servers. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) works the same way but uses TLS / SSL encryption to secure both requests and responses instead of sending them in the clear.
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Now that over 90% of all browser connections in Chrome use an HTTPS connection according to the “HTTPS Encryption on the Web” section of Google’s Transparency Report, the company plans to alert users only when a site isn’t using HTTPS.
Google chrome security signs
Currently when you visit a site using HTTPS in Google Chrome you will see a lock icon in the address bar and when you visit a site still using HTTP you will see an exclamation point icon in a triangle with the words “Not secure” next to it.
Google is currently testing a new feature that removes the lock icon for sites using HTTPS and users running Chrome 93 Beta or Chrome 94 Canary versions can test it for themselves by turning on the “Indicators of” flag. Omnibox connection security updated “.
Once enabled, Chrome will only show security flags for sites using HTTP. However, companies can continue to display HTTPS security flags to their employees by enabling a corporate policy in Chrome 93 called “LockIconInAddressBarEnabled”.
While Google is still testing this feature, it will likely arrive in a stable version of Chrome later this year, when users will no longer see the lock icon when visiting sites that use HTTPS to secure their connections.