Today Google has announced it will increase HTTPS adoption with HTTPS-first mode in Chrome from 93. The company also stated it will run an experiment in Chrome 93 by replacing the lock icon in the address bar with a neutral indicator to avoid confusion where users treating the site as trustworthy due to that. In fact, it displays the security of the connection. You can now see the new security indicator, the dropdown arrow icon (^) used by Chrome for all HTTPS pages in Canary now.
What you need to know:
- Chrome to replace lock icon for page connected over a secure connection with a dropdown arrow as part of the experiment.
- The Page information displayed when you click on the indicator will still be the same.
- Chrome will continue to show a “not secure” indicator for sites without HTTP support.
Enable new HTTPS Indicator in Chrome 93 now
You can now enable the dropdown icon in the address bar for HTTPS sites in Chrome Canary, here is how.
- Ensure you’re using Chrome Canary 93.0.4576.0 or later
- Visit chrome://flags/#omnibox-updated-connection-security-indicators
- Select Enabled and restart the browser
Visit a secure site, click on the dropdown arrow icon to see site information.
“Use new connection security indicators for https pages in the Omnibox. the flag description says.
Earlier, Google removed the “Secure” word indicator for HTTPS pages, now they’re removing the lock icon and replacing it with another.
This being done to stop users from thinking the icon is an indicator of site trustworthiness rather than. secure connection.
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