Back in May, we told you that Google Chrome was eventually going to lose the green “Secure” text for secure HTTPS websites, replacing it with red “Not Secure” warning text on sites that aren’t secure. The company planned on implementing the change in Chrome 70, but it actually arrived a few iterations early in Chrome 68, which is rolling out now.

Google has been pushing for HTTPS security for years and most sites have followed through with it. Now that unsecured HTTP sites are in the minority (at least when it comes to any site worth going to), it’s more effective to highlight that lack of security rather than the other way around.

This update also prevents sites from automatically redirecting you to HTTP content and you’ll be asked to approve any relevant pop-ups. Some users will no doubt get irritated at the number of security hurdles they’ll be jumping, but it’s important to realize how dangerous unsecured surfing has gotten. Be warned that Chrome may also outright block certain sites, so you’ll have to use another browser in those instances.


The Chrome 68 update is on its way and should become available to everybody in the coming weeks. The official Chrome blog claims that the update contains no less than 42 security fixes, many of which most users never knowingly encountered. This has the potential to be a very promising update. Not only is it a big step towards making everyday Internet use a more secure affair, but, as we all know, 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

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