Google to Remove Secure Site Indicator from Chrome

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud with 19 Comments

Google to Remove Secure Site Indicator from Chrome

Google announced this week that it will remove the green security indicator in its Chrome web browser by the end of 2018. Instead, it will now only call out those websites that are insecure.

“HTTPS usage on the web has taken off as we’ve evolved Chrome security indicators,” Google’s Emily Schechter explains. So “we [will] mark all HTTP pages as definitively ‘not secure’ and remove secure indicators for HTTPS pages.”

If it’s not clear, the security indicator is the green or red badge that sits to the left of the Chrome address bar when you load a web page. A green indicator means that the site is “secure,” or delivered over HTTPS. A red indicator is insecure and delivered over HTTP.

As Google notes, users should expect the web to be safe, but I’m not sure that removing the green secure indicator is that smart. Color-coding for each site seems to work just fine. But they’re getting rid of the green bit.

Fortunately, they’re doing so over time. Starting with Chrome version 69, due in September, the security indicator will lose the green color and “Secure” text; you’ll just see a locked lock indicator. Then, in Chrome 70, that locked lock graphic will disappear too. And Chrome 70 will display a red “not secure” warning on HTTP pages.


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