The lock icon will disappear from the Chrome search bar. Will anything change?

  • The lock icon disappears from the search bar in Google Chrome
  • The icon has appeared in various forms in search engines for almost 30 years
  • What will this change for users?
Google Chrome on your phone

Google Chrome on phone, illustration | photo: 9to5Google

Lock icon in browser Google Chrome will disappear in September. Thanks to it, users will now know that they are using a secure encrypted connection between their computer and the target server. The data goes through a secure channel and cannot be intercepted or altered along the way. The so-called HTTPS protocol first appeared in 1994 in the Netscape browser, but it was used so rarely that a window popped up telling users that they were on a secure website.

The lock icon will disappear from Google Chrome

But a more massive expansion began only in recent years. In 2013, only 14% of sites had HTTPS, as in their article states page Chromium Blog. But their number began to rise rapidly, and today encrypted connection is the standard. That’s why the castle icon is useless. Company survey Google moreover, he found that 90% of people don’t even know what exactly the icon is for and how to use it properly. At first glance, it doesn’t even occur to anyone that it can be clicked at all.

Google has therefore decided to replace the lock with a simple settings icon, which already looks like you can click on it to get to the next site settings. At the same time, the new icon prevents the misconception that the lock icon is associated with the trustworthiness of the page and emphasizes that encryption security is now the default. But the change will only be visual, and a menu with security information and permission settings will still be available under the icon. Likewise, the browser will continue to warn of websites that do not support encryption.

New icon instead of lock in Google Chrome

New icon instead of lock in Google Chrome | photo: Google

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Change to Android and iOS

The change will reach users in September of this year with Chrome version 117. A similar change will occur in Android at approximately the same time, in iOS you cannot click on the lock, so the icon will simply disappear there. Information about an unsecured connection will also continue to appear on mobile platforms.

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