Speaking on Chromium (a dedicated news area for Chrome updates) Google have revealed that they’ll be evolving Chrome’s security indicators to remove the secure padlock in an attempt to modify their service.
In line with the recent changes, it’s to be assumed that all websites are secure as default, and will be safe to use unless indicated otherwise. A spokesperson for Google said, “All HTTP pages will soon be marked as “not secure”, [as we step] towards removing Chrome’s positive security indicators so that the default unmarked state is secure. Chrome will roll this out over time, starting by removing the “Secure” wording [from URLs] in July 2018.”
Here is how the Chrome treatment for HTTPS pages will change:
Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.
Then, it’s believed that in October 2018 with Chrome version 70, Google will start showing the red “not secure” warning when users enter any personal details on unsecure HTTP pages.
The below GIF showcases how a HTTP page will work with user input:
In the new digital age, it is now more important that ever to ensure your website is secure. Addressing the change, Emily Schechter, Product Manager, Chrome Security stated:
“We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a web that’s easy to use safely, by default. HTTPS is cheaper and easier than ever before, and unlocks powerful capabilities — so don’t wait to migrate to HTTPS…”
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