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Google recently announced that the lock icon that is used to indicate that the website connection is using https will be removed from the Chrome browser. They said that it is no longer needed as more than 99% of all web pages loaded on Chrome are over HTTPS. They also said that it provides a misunderstanding that the website is secure and safe. There are potential harmful consequences from that as most malicious websites would use HTTPS, and hence will also display the lock icon. The misunderstanding is so pervasive that many organisations, including the FBI, have published guidance, informing users that the lock icon is not an indicator of website safety. Even though the lock icon will be removed, Google Chrome will continue to alert users of insecure HTTP connections.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast