Google has planned that its Chrome browser will delete its ‘Secure’ URL label in September. So, in the upcoming versions of Chrome, Google will focus on highlighting its negative security indicators and also updating its positive ones. Google’s Chrome Team constantly works on the security features of the browser to warn people regarding the site they visit. It provides indicators to the users that indicates how secure the site is. It includes both the positive and negative indicators. So, you can just view the indicator provided by the browser to make sure whether the site you are visiting is safe.
Removing “Secure” label (Positive Indicator)
According to the announcement made by the Chrome Security Product Manager Emily Schechter, Chrome 69, which will be available in September, will stop marking HTTPS sites as “Secure” on the address bar. Do you know why? Just because Google wants the default state to be secure. So, is this the first time Google has been making such changes to Chrome for highlighting insecure websites? Well, No. In 2016, Chrome highlighted non-HTTPS sites with a ‘neutral’ info symbol. Google already announced that this year all HTTP-only sites will be marked as “Not Secure” in July. So, Chrome team would take these updates further by October. So, when you will start typing data on HTTP pages, you will see a warning “Not Secure” that flashes red.
So, what does Google Chrome developers want? Chrome developers wants the browser to display clearer warnings for insecure retail websites. This will force such websites to move to the more secure HTTPS protocols. Among other notifications, Google also rolled out warnings to notify people if they are visiting websites that are dangerous. So, the upcoming feature is a revised version of the one which was released last year. It will aim to ensure you to that you are typing data on an HTTP site which could be dangerous.
It would be interesting to see how the step of removing the positive “Secure” label affect people’s online habits. All you will need to do is: look at the address bar and make sure that the site does not have any of the Chrome’s negative indicators as the positive indicator “Secure” will no longer displayed by the Chrome. So, half of the web is encrypted now. Also, Chrome would be coming with some more features to make the web more secure.