Google Chrome is making a drastic change to one of its main security features, according to the latest beta update. In the latest version, which allows Google to test new features for stability before launch, the secure website icon has been removed.
As it stands, whenever you go to a secure website in Google Chrome, you will find a closed padlock icon next to the Omnibox (what Google calls the address bar / search bar) . This handy little indicator is designed to let Chrome users know when they have browsed to a website that supports the secure “HTTPS” protocol.
However, as the security blog Bleeping Computer reports, the latest beta of Chrome removes this completely.
When users navigate to an HTTPS website in Chrome Beta 93, the padlock icon no longer appears. This surprise security change isn’t a sign that Google is being lax when it comes to protecting Chrome users. Instead, the change was made because much of the sites on the internet are now secure.
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Instead, Chrome users will only be notified when they navigate to a website that is not secure. As is currently the case, whenever Chrome users navigate to an HTTP website – which does not use the secure protocol, the Omnibox will display a warning triangle icon along with the Unsafe label. .
If you have access to Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary, here’s how to test this modified security feature …
• First, head to chrome: // flags in the address bar
• Then look for the section “security indicators”
• You must then ensure that “Updated Omnibox connection security flags” is changed from the default to enabled.
• After that, you will then have to relaunch the browser
As always with the features tested in the beta of Chrome, it remains to be seen if it will eventually be released to the public. The beta version of Chrome 93 has just been released, with the finished article hitting the stable channel as of August 31.
The changes tested in this beta are expected to be included in a stable release of Chrome, version 94, which will be available to users worldwide from September 21, 2021.
The most recent version of Chrome was Update 92, which started rolling out towards the end of last month. The patch made 35 security fixes, including the resolution of critical and high-level vulnerabilities.
Chrome 92 also developed the Chrome Actions feature, which automates some often-used processes to help users speed up their productivity, introduced last November.
The new things that users can quickly type into the Omnibox Chrome are security control, security settings management, and sync management. Chrome 92 also added improvements to Site Isolation, which is an essential browser security feature. With this change, extensions can no longer share processes with each other on desktop devices.
And finally, Chrome 92 also now allows users to access a site’s permissions directly from the address bar in another time, which saves a new setting.