Google's Chrome Browser May Soon Mark HTTP Sites Unsafe
Google reportedly plans to introduce a feature in its Chrome browser that warns users when they land on a HTTP site.Google is reportedly getting ready to implement a proposal it made slightly more than a year ago to include a feature in its Chrome browser that will warn Internet users when they land on an unencrypted HTTP Website. The plan apparently is to have Chrome display a red "X" over a padlock icon in the URL bar when a user visits an HTTP Website, Motherboard said in a report earlier this week. Google has not publicly reported when it plans to formally introduce this feature. But a Google employee who wanted to remain anonymous confirmed that it could happen soon, Motherboard said. Google did not respond immediately to a request seeking confirmation of its reported plans. The company, however, has previously noted that it wants to give users a way to know when they are on a potentially unsafe site. The company has for sometime now said that it considers sites using plain HTTP to be unsafe and not sufficient to protect a user's privacy or data online. It has been encouraging Website owners to deploy HTTPS so traffic between the user's browser and the Website remains encrypted at all times.
Many browsers, including Chrome, indicate affirmatively when a user is on a secure HTTPS page. Chrome also warns users about sites that Google considers unsafe because of malware, spam or other potential security issues. However, for the moment, Chrome like other browsers does nothing affirmatively to alert users when they are on a plain HTTP site. All that the browser shows in the URL bar when a user is on a HTTP page is an icon of a blank page.