HTTP is a protocol internet users use to connect to various websites, and HTTPS is a more secure version of that protocol.
Google announced that it will remove Chrome's "secure" badge from HTTPS pages' address bar since the default security status for this type of pages will be secure. Users will receive a red warning on HTTP pages whenever they are offering private info.
This is not the first time that Google has been making such changes to Chrome to highlight the insecure websites.
Writing at the time, Emily Schechter, product manager on Chrome's security team, said: "Chrome now indicates HTTP connections with a neutral indicator".
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"When you load a website over HTTP, someone else on the network can look at or modify the site before it gets to you".
Instead of the green "Secure" label that can presently be seen upon visiting HTTPS sites, Google will show a grey lock icon at the left of the Omnibox on Chrome 69 that will be released in September. This stance will now be accelerated by the release of the new Chrome 68 in July.
"Previously, HTTP usage was too high to mark all HTTP pages with a strong red warning, but in October 2018 (Chrome 70), we'll start showing the red "not secure" warning when users enter data on HTTP pages", wrote Chrome Security product manager Emily Schechter in a blog post. Learn more about protecting retail web applications here. The latest development will not affect sites that are now using the HTTP standard. Google is reportedly working on other security changes in the meantime.
"Chrome's new interface will help users understand that all HTTP sites are not secure, and continue to move the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default", Google said.