Google Chrome is getting rid of an important security feature, but there’s a solid reason for it.
GOOGLE appears to be planning to remove an important security feature from its popular Chrome web browser. But the Mountain View-based company isn’t resting on its laurels; there’s a compelling rationale for the shift.
According to the latest beta release, Google Chrome is making a significant modification to one of its main security functions. The safe website icon has been removed in the current version, which allows Google to evaluate the stability of new features before they are released.
Currently, a closed padlock icon appears next to the Omnibox (what Google refers to as the address bar / search bar) anytime you visit to a protected website in Google Chrome. This useful little indication is meant to let Chrome users know when they’ve arrived at a website that uses the secure “HTTPS” protocol.
The current beta release of Chrome, according to security blog Bleeping Computer, does away with this totally.
The padlock indicator no longer appears when visitors visit an HTTPS website in Chrome beta 93. This unexpected security adjustment isn’t a hint that Google isn’t concerned about Chrome users’ safety. Rather, the adjustment was made because a major portion of the internet’s sites are now secure.
Instead, Chrome users will only be warned if they visit a non-secure website. When Chrome users visit an HTTP website that does not employ the secure protocol, the Omnibox displays a warning triangle icon and the label Not Secure, as it does now.
Here’s how to test out this updated security feature if you have access to Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary…
• To begin, type chrome:/flags into your browser’s address bar.
• Then look for the section on “security indicators.”
• Next, make sure that ‘Omnibox Updated connection security indications’ is set to enabled rather than default.
• Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to restart your browser.
It remains to be seen whether any of the features tested in the Chrome beta will be offered to the general public. Chrome 93 beta was just launched, and the finished product will be available in the stable channel on August 31.
“Brinkwire Summary News.” The modifications tested in this beta should be included in a stable version of Chrome, version 94, which will be released soon.