This way you know which sites are safe
Google is removing the little padlock icon from the Chrome web browser. With these tips, you will still know which sites are safe.
Read on after the announcement.
Google Chrome Lock Disappeared: Which Sites Are Safe?
Google will make an amazing change to the Chrome web browser later this year. The little padlock icon in the address bar disappears. It will be replaced by a new icon, which you click to view the various settings.
When it comes to safe browsing, the lock has always been something to keep an eye on. This lock lets you know that you are dealing with a secure connection. With a lockless website, you should never enter personal information, because then you don’t know who can view it.
Google conducted a survey and only 11 percent of users know what this lock means and that is why the button has been removed.
The lock has also become less important. At first, the difference between http (insecure) and https (secure) websites was important, because there are still many insecure websites. Google now states that 95 percent of websites that load through Chrome simply contain https.
The lock also gives an unwarranted sense of security. Especially if you do not know exactly what this symbol means. A rogue website can also have a lock. It just means that the connection is secure and there is no secure party behind it.
This is why Google chooses to remove the lock, but how do you know if you are dealing with a secure website?
1. Check the url
The most important thing you can do is check the url. Androidplanet.nl is a safe site, but a lot of differences can be made to this url that aren’t immediately noticeable. Like Amdroidplanet, Androidplant, or Androldplanet. Also, the capital letter looks the same as a lowercase l. Behind such a small difference could be a malicious website.
2. Verify that https is being used
The lock will disappear from Google Chrome, but it is still possible to check if the website has a secure connection. You can do this by clicking the replace icon, or checking that “https” is used in the URL instead of “http”.
3. Certification mark
When it comes to a web store, it is wise to look for a quality mark. Think Thuiswinkel Waarborg and Keurmerk Webshop. Of course, you can’t blindly rely on these quality marks on a website, because they can be easily faked. That is why you go to the website of the said quality mark and check if the online store is already online there.
Although much less of the case these days than it used to be, pop-ups are still a sign of a rogue website. Then we are not talking about the popup asking if you want to accept cookies, but you should consider screens with ads. Close the site as soon as possible if you see these pop-ups appearing.
5. Check with Google
Are you really not sure? Then you can do a scan by Google. This is what you go to Google Safe Browsing and enter the site. If you enter Androidplanet.nl, for example, Google will tell you: “No insecure content found”.
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