Google developers have been pushing site owners to use HTTPS for many years and at some point even introduced an appropriate ranking factor that could cause unsafe resources to “drop” in Google search results. It looks like it worked as, according to the Google Transparency Report, over 90% of all connections on Google Chrome are currently using HTTPS.
Currently, when visiting a secure site, Chrome displays a small lock icon indicating that the data connection to the site is encrypted. But since most of the connections are now secure, Google is testing a new feature that removes this padlock icon. Bleeping Computer reports that this feature is already available for testing in Chrome 93 Beta and Chrome 94 Canary, after enabling the “Omnibox Updated connection security indicators” flag. Instead, the browser will only warn users about unsafe sites, as shown below.
For businesses and users who want to preserve HTTPS security indicators, Google has created a corporate policy for Chrome 93, “LockIconInAddressBarEnabled”, which can be used to return a “lock” to the address bar.