Google has announced that it will remove the “Safe Indicator” from the Chrome URL bar, it will only show a lock icon that indicates that the user is protected. The removal is scheduled in the Chrome 69 update that will be released in September of this year.
Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Product Manager said that the company is happy to make this change because a lot of Chrome traffic is now on HTTPS, since most of the user traffic is through HTTPS, it is not necessary anymore. the browser will notify the user if he is accessing a website without an HTTPS connection. Google plans to improve the “Not Secure” sign by turning it into pure red when a user enters their credentials on the website. These updates are part of a plan that Google refers to as “HTTPS 100%” that aims to have all sites uploaded to Chrome through HTTPS.
“We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a website that is easy to use safely, by default,” said Schechter. “HTTPS is cheaper and easier than ever, and unlocks powerful capabilities, so do not wait to migrate to HTTPS!”
It is good practice for each web application to move to HTTPS because it will act as a secure communication protocol for users and websites. which will make it harder for data crawlers to extract their data. Many important applications use HTTPS over TLS to protect their users. Then, why the change? Google’s argument is: “users should expect the web to be secure by default.” However, well presented information allows users to be informed and can be achieved through minimalism instead of absolute elimination.
HTTPS has become cheaper and easier to integrate, which is true with services like Let’sEncrypt, it’s free to add SSL certificate if you own a website. It’s time to get your SSL certificate before your website is marked by Google Chrome as “Not secure”.
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