Google Chrome phases out the green ‘Secure’ lock browser feature

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Google has disclosed its final plans to completely remove the green lock icon and “Secure” label next to URLs on Chrome, pointing out that safe websites should be the norm on the internet.

Presently, all HTTPS websites show that lock and label when users visit the page on Google’s Chrome browser, yielding a sense of confidence towards the user visiting a secure page that is encrypted and protected from cyber attacks. Google’s goal is to make sure 100 percent of the internet is HTTPS, with a relative accuracy as of date.

By May 12, 83 percent of websites visited by people browsing on Chrome using Windows were HTTPS pages. For Google, the likely occurrence to visit an HTTPS page on Chrome has increased over the probabilities of reaching a nonsecure page.

The company has begun this initiative in an effort to build user security and reliability on the Chrome browser, making the final decision to remove the “Secure” label by September and eventually end the lock display as well.

“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,” Emily Schechter, a Chrome security product manager, said in Thursday’s blog.

Contrariwise, Google will choose to bring larger attention towards the users visiting non-HTTPS websites, with a red warning icon and a “Not secure” label in the URL bar. According to Google, this feature has plans to commence in October 2018.