Chrome Browsers Website Security Warnings Are Changing
Google intends to remove the Secure URL label from Chrome’s Chrome browser in September 2018. This will improve web security. The Chrome Secure URL label helps users determine if the websites they’re currently visiting are safe.
Emily Schechter, Google Chrome’s Security Product Manager posted the official announcement on Google Chrome’s official blog. According to Emily Schechter, the update will be deployed with Google Chrome’s September 2018 launch of version 69. This version won’t have the “Secure”, green padlock icon, and the “Secure” text that is usually displayed in the URL bar for websites with the HTTPS classification.
Google’s decision not to provide a green secure box for HTTPS sites is based upon the fact that HTTPS sites were still a minority at the time the practice of providing the “secure” label initially. Google will now label HTTPS websites as unsecured, even though this is currently false.
Emily Schechter stated that they will use user information to determine the safety of websites. They hope internet users will recognize potentially dangerous sites and avoid them.
Emily Schechter posted an image of Chrome Version 69 that shows the final treatment of HTTPS sites on her official blog. What are HTTPS and its role in website security?
HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. HTTPS is short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. The “S” at the end stands for Secure. Sites without an HTTPS label could mean that users’ data may be compromised.
There are two important things to consider when making an online purchase, or providing sensitive information such as credit card numbers, on a website. The first concern is the security of the connection between your computer and the company’s computer. The security of all personal data that travels from one computer to the other must be ensured so that criminals can’t access it.
Two ways can be used to determine if a website is secure. First, verify that the address bar contains either HTTP or HTTPS. The missing “S”, which stands for “Secure”, is crucial. You can also visually inspect the padlock icon in your browser. If you see HTTPS with a padlock on the browser, it means that the connection is secure and encrypted.
What about the company behind this website?
How can you tell if it isn’t a criminal using a secure connection
A new web security system makes it easy to recognize suspicious websites. Modern web browsers show color and company names in their address bar, which helps you identify if the site is trusted.
To be considered safe by Chrome, websites that don’t have an HTTPS label will need to obtain an SSL certificate. SSL acts as secure encryption, securing the interaction of the webserver with the user.
To be recognized as a secure website by Chrome, websites that don’t have an HTTPS label need an SSL certificate. SSL certificates encrypt the communication between both parties and provide secure interaction between webserver/user.
Certificate Authorities are independent companies that issue SSL certificates to websites. These reviewers are:
- You should ensure that they use a secure connection (i.e. ensuring Website Security).
- Validate the identity behind the website by registering the domain and obtaining third-party verification.
The Certificate Authority issues an EV SSL Certificate if the site passes these tests. Only sites with these certificates can display color in their address bar, including the company name and address.
If the site’s color is green, it means it is safe. However, if the site is red, you should not visit it. This website security check stops criminals from obtaining SSL certificates that would allow them to display the Green color information (“Secure”) in the browser’s address bar. If you see green information in an address bar, it means that the website is secure and legitimate.
Chrome will mark HTTP Web sites as “Not Secure” starting July 2018.
Chrome 69 will be updated in September to remove the HTTPS website security label. Chrome 70, however, will update in October 2018 to provide the HTTPS site security label. Chrome will now label all HTTPS websites “Not secure” starting July 2018. Chrome will display a warning icon and a “Not Secure” label in the URL status bar when a Chrome user visits a non-HTTPS site.
Chrome 70 will also display a “Not secure” label and a warning icon in the URL status area of the Chrome browser for HTTPS websites that don’t have SSL certificates. Emily pointed out that this would be the end of Google Chrome’s positive security features.
Google’s calendar does not have any dates set for future announcements about web browser security after Chrome version 70. Emily stated that Google has not yet set a date for the final web browser security status. Google’s ultimate goal is to mark all HTTPS sites as non-secure and all HTTPS sites without SSL certificates as secure. Although this information may give some insight into the security status of a site’s actual security, it is not enough to realize that the root cause of so much online evil is the inability to have basic cyber security knowledge and the assumption that everything you do is secure.