For quite a long time, Google, together with other browsers, have been trying to promote HTTPS. They did it by displaying a special label in the address bar that regarded the website as secure. While this made about 82 percent of websites to use the more secure version, the platform has finally decided to ditch this label and replace it with something else.
Google abandoned the green secure label on HTTPS websites
Google has always been a fan of websites with HTTPS domains, as they perform a secure encrypting of the user data. To feel safe, the platform also displayed a secure label in the address bar, so it would be easier for you to identify the websites in question. This was also a way to discourage developers from using HTTP, and to convince people they aren’t such a good choice.
This strategy seems to have worked, as most websites have now adopted the HTTPS domain. As a result, Google has decided to no longer push that secure label and go for something subtler. This will happen with the update 69 for Google Chrome. Don’t worry, as HTTPS websites will remain secure, you’ll just no longer see the label on display.
Non-secure websites will feature a red warning label
This secure label was also accompanied by a lock logo. For the moment, the lock will stay there, as Google still wanted to signal HTTPS sites in a way. However, there are still domains that still use the old school HTTP. In this case, Google abandoned all subtlety.
These domains will be accompanied by a red label that reads “not secure”. In front of the words, you’ll also see an exclamation point, so that everyone should know your data might be leaked any time. This is an important step in the fight between HTTP and HTTPS, and the balance inclines to the latter. However, there are still unsecure websites around, so the battle isn’t won yet.
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