Google Phases Out The GREEN Lock on Chrome September 2018

Green Lock is GONE on Chrome?

In an effort to keep the internet more safe and secure, Google mandated the https protocol on all websites earlier this year. This movement encouraged the internet as a whole to move over to SSL encryption. In the past, Google displayed a green lock icon with the word “secure” next to all web pages that utilized an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate on their Chrome browser. Similarly, other popular web browsers like edge, firefox, safari, and opera did as well.

On September 20th, 2018, Google Chrome updated its browser to render a gray secure lock in lieu of a green secure lock next to an https or secure website that has a valid SSL certificate.


This is a big change, a GREAT change…

Google now considers it common practice for good websites to be utilizing secure sockets layer (SSL) and no longer makes it obvious by making things green in the address bar. Instead, Google will be calling out those websites that are not secure making it very obvious that visitors should think twice before using these sites. The latest changes to Google Chrome (illustrated below) show a gray “Not Secure” warning left of the website URL.


Google Not Secure Example
Google Not Secure Example


Emily Schechter, a security product manager for the popular Google Chrome web browser, said in a blog post-Thursday. “Since we’ll soon start marking all HTTP pages as ‘not secure,’ we’ll step towards removing Chrome’s positive security indicators so that the default unmarked state is secure,


A Safer Internet

At Archi FX, we believe this change is good. We have been encouraging our clients to move to https and helping them do so all year. We knew these changes were coming, we just didn’t know when. If you need help with your site, please apply to become a client. We only take on a small selection of clients but you may be one of the lucky ones 😉


What’s Next?

We can only speculate but perhaps the next move is to call out these bad websites with a more aggressive “Not Secure” message like the one below. Eeek!!!

Not Secure Warning
Not Secure Warning