Google stated that users should expect the web to be secure by default, thus removing the “secure” indicator from the Chrome browser. It will no longer be displayed on HTTPS pages.
The change will go into effect soon. Specifically, users can expect it to be live from September onwards. Google simply believes that the web should be secure by default, so the green padlock icon we’ve all probably gotten used to by now is no longer needed.
In July last year, when Chrome 68 was all the rage, Google announced a huge cybersecurity move – that all pages using the HTTP protocol would be marked as “not secure”. Essentially, every time a user landed on a HTTP website, a red padlock sign was to be displayed to notify them of the situation.
According to Google, HTTP usage was still much too prominent to simply start marking so many websites as “not secure” and displaying the red padlock icon on such frequent occasions.
In order to encourage webmasters to make the transition to HTTPS, the company has made several changes. For example, HTTPS pages are directly rewarded by Google with higher rankings in the search engines, and as such, they’re getting more traffic as a result.
If all of this has motivated you to make your website more secure, there are numerous ways to do it. Let’s Encrypt, a non-profit Internet Security Research Group, is a service that offers free SSL certificates for everyone to enjoy.