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The next Firefox major release will update the security indicators in the address bar and add a privacy icon to signal privacy threats on loaded pages.
The changes fix on the icons indicating an in/secure connection, site identity, as well as tracking and cryptomining activity.
Graying out the green lock
Starting Firefox 70, the crossed-out lock, a negative indicator currently displayed for insecure login pages, will also be visible for websites delivered through an insecure protocol like HTTP or FTP.
Telemetry data from Let's Encrypt Certificate Authority reveals that close to 80% of Firefox users load HTTPS pages. In this context, placing the focus on insecure connections serves a better purpose.
Fingerprinting and cryptominer protections
An icon in the address bar before the URL will show if these protections are enabled, at work, or turned off.
Active protections on a loaded page is marked through a purple gradient shield that displays a very subtle animation. When enabled, the shield is gray and a disabled state shows it crossed by a line.
As a result of recent discussions about the security value of Extended Validation (EV) certificates in a prominent position in the address bar, both Google and Mozilla decided to remove them from that spot.
Chrome already did it and the same is going to happen in Firefox 70. Instead of being visible at the beginning of the address bar, Mozilla moved the detail to the "Site Information" panel available when clicking on the padlock icon.
By doing so, Mozilla wants to still provide this information for those that want it and hide it for the majority of the users that do not need it, says Mozilla Firefox developer Johann Hofmann.
These indicators will undergo further development to provide Firefox users an easier way to check the current state of their privacy and security regardless of the websites they visit, added the developer.
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