Safe by Default – Google’s new web security policy

The ‘Secure’ icon on HTTPS web pages has been removed by Google with the padlock soon to follow. 

Additionally, all HTTP pages will be marked as “not secure”, as Google aims to create a web that is safe by default. 

Previously, Chrome displayed a padlock and “Secure” in green letters for HTTPS secured sites, as HTTP was still widely implemented in the past. 

This is no longer an issue as, of August 2018, 95% of all Google traffic was SSL encrypted 

Google began removed the secure icon in September and will begin marking all HTTP pages as ‘not secure’ come October. The exact date that the secure padlock icon will begin to be removed has not yet been announced. 

What this means simply is that if a web page is not secured by SSL or is in any way malicious, Google will warn you. Otherwise, you’re safe – hence ‘safe by default’. 

After these changes, EV SSL Certificates will be the only type of SSL Certificate to show a positive indication of usage on a website.  

This is due to EV SSL Certificates only being issued to legitimate business entities that have passed a thorough vetting process.  

EV SSL Certificates serve to make an organisation’s website easily identifiable as legitimate by displaying the entities name in green in the Google address bar. This feature was designed so that those browsing the web can easily identify an organisation’s legitimate website from a malicious imitation.  

Those with DV and OV SSL Certificates need not fear though – they will still mark your website as secure on Google Chrome, or rather will ensure your site is not marked as unsecure after all of Google’s changes are made.  

Currently, only Google has announced these plans, but other major web browsers such as Firefox and Safari usually follow suit. 

If you would like to learn more about getting your site EV secured, or would like to order an EV SSL Certificate, please visit the below link: 

If you have any questions about EV SSL Certificates or how Google’s policy may affect your site, you can get in touch with our dedicated Customer Support Team via Live Chat or by E-Mailing us at the below link:

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