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Changes in Chrome for HTTPS & HTTP Indicators

We would like to share some important news about changes in Chrome that could possibly affect your business. Please find below a summarized call to action and more info on them.

Call to action

  • Update needed: your marketing materials, if they include green “Secure” indicator in a browser as a selling point for SSL certificates, as this is not a part of Chrome UI anymore.

Lately, Chrome has made a number of changes regarding HTTPs & HTTP indicators and going to release another one with Chrome 70 (October 23th, 2018).

The biggest change so far has come in Chrome 68 (released July 24th, 2018). On all HTTP pages, Chrome 68 displays a warning reading “Not Secure” to the left of the URL in the address bar. To prevent this you should set up an SSL certificate for your website and deploy HTTPS—ideally to every page.

The green “Secure” text is no longer present starting in Chrome 69 (September 2018). As it is written at Chromium blog: “Users should expect that the web is safe by default, and they’ll be warned when there’s an issue. Since we’ll soon start marking all HTTP pages as “not secure”, we’ll 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 and HTTPS scheme in September 2018 (Chrome 69).”

Taken from Google blog

This is a step further than other browsers go, who just show a padlock and https:// for every SSL certificate, plus a company name in green for EV SSL certificates.

In October 2018 (Chrome 70), they will start showing the red “not secure” warning when users enter data on HTTP pages.

Taken from Chromium blog

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