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Microsoft Mulling To Remove Https Lock Sign From Edge

The HTTPS lock symbol in the browser should be familiar to every Internet user. Its meaning does not seem to be generally known, instead, the lock is often misinterpreted. So Microsoft may now want to abolish it soon.

The end of the display of the well-known little HTTPS lock symbol in the browser has not grown on the crap from Microsoft but emerges from an analysis that Google published in the summer Neowin reported. Many web browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge use the lock symbol in the address bar to indicate that they have connected to the website using a secure HTTPS connection.

Https Secure connection does not mean a secure and trusworthy site

However, as Google found, many users misunderstand this representation and think that the icon indicates that they are connected to a trusted website. But that doesn’t have to be the case – on the contrary. That is not necessarily the case. The HTTPS mode is now used by many cyber criminals precisely because it suggests security to the victims.

Google reported in July that options were being checked to replace the lock symbol in Chrome with a downward arrow:

such as B. Website permissions, will improve. Importantly, websites that do not support HTTPS continue to display a ‘Not Secure’ indicator, and the experiment includes a company policy in case organizations choose not to. In any case, we will inform you in good time if we decide on a full introduction.”

Sensible measure

Google has not yet introduced the change in Chrome Stable but has already convinced Microsoft of the sensible measure. The Edge team is now also considering implementing the appropriate changes in Edge. As Reddit user u / Leopeva64-2 discovered, Edge Canary is already showing the down arrow instead of the lock icon in the address bar. The test with the change is available to first-time users of the Canary Channel.

As always, the implementation of this new implementation depends on feedback from developers and users. When – or rather whether – the change will be introduced for all users is still in the stars.