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

Mindy Sparks
May 18, 2018

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.

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. 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.

"The Android parent also wants to add new notifications such as "not secure" and "!" which are going to let Google Chrome fans know when the website that they are accessing is not secure and that their data is in a vulnerable spot. 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.

Google announced it is making changes to how Chrome, their web browser, labels HTTPS and HTTP sites in the future.

The upcoming feature that aims to ensure you know you're typing data on an HTTP site is even an evolved version of one of the warnings Chrome released a year ago when Chrome warned you while typing on some non-secure sites.

Things will get even stricter with the release of Chrome 70 (scheduled for October). Since obtaining HTTPS has become much cheaper and easier these days, such changes were bound to take place.

This announcement is the part of Google's 'HTTPS 100%' plan which is aimed at loading all the websites on Google via HTTPS.

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