Wave Goodbye To The Green Padlock on Chrome

Wave Goodbye To The Green Padlock on Chrome

The all important green padlock that many of us have worked technical wonders to gain, will soon be leaving the web’s most popular browser, Google Chrome.

But don’t be afraid, it doesn’t mean your hard work has gone down the drain.

An update from open source Chromium project states that the change has come about due to the huge take off in HTTPS web traffic. If Google had implemented this change earlier too many websites would have been marked as Not Secure.

Googles Planned Treatment of HTTPS Pages and the Green Padlock

The Timeline

Starting in September (Chrome 69) – the green padlock and “Secure” text will be replaced by a more mundane padlock.

From October (Chrome 70), the padlock will be removed altogether. Websites that don’t have a HTTPS connection will be marked as “Not Secure” when it asks for user text input.

Treatment of Pages without SSL and the Red Padlock

Why the Change?
Emily Schechter, Product Manager of Chrome Security said that, “We hope these changes continue to pave the way for a web that’s easy to use safely, by deafult. HTTPS is cheaper and easier than ever before, and unlocks powerful capabilities — so don’t wait to migrate to HTTPS!”.

There has been a mixed response to the change. Many campaigns promote the existence of the Green Padlock as being a secure website. We will have to wait and see if it causes any confusion amongst general web users.

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