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8/1/16
Original Poster
Claire Voskuhl

Circle with letter 'i' in address bar

Chrome is opening some of my websites (not all) with an icon of a circle with the letter 'i' in the middle instead of the paper icon or the lock icon before the address. Only addresses with https// are opening with the green lock, but not all of them . some of them have this circle with letter 'i'. When you click on the icon, it says "Your connection to this site is not private." and then lists all kinds of details and links to details. It doesn't prevent me from opening these websites, it just gives me this icon when it does open them. I haven't been able to find any information on this icon or what it means, so any information would be appreciated.

I'm using Version 52.0.2743.82 (64-bit) of Chrome.
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sarjoor
8/1/16
sarjoor
Hi Claire,

The "i inside a circle" is just the new Material Design UI graphical update only.  In the previous UI, regular HTTP webpages showed a "blank page icon".

When you click on it, the information displayed is exactly the same.  Regular HTTP webpages are "connection to this site is not private", as they have always never been private.

Only connections to secure, encrypted HTTPS webpages are private, and those websites will show with a closed Green Lock.

8/1/16
Original Poster
Claire Voskuhl
Thank you. That answers my question.
Google user
8/13/16
Google user
Is there any way to get rid of this circle with the letter 'i' inside?  For some reason, I find this very disturbing.  Thank you.

Madelyn Thompson
Dugan Selkirk
8/15/16
Dugan Selkirk
Are you serious?  I have been trying to remove the thing, I have uninstalled chrome and reinstalled it... it appeared out of nowhere after using an unsecured connection at a public library and I have been having several other warnings since then as well!  Yes please pass on the message to whoever cares about this kind of thing that this new icon is very off putting... It definitely looks like something is wrong.  
sarjoor
8/15/16
sarjoor
Hi Madelyn and Dugan,

In fact, Google does wish to point out to website owners that regular non-secure HTTP websites are bad and insecure, and offer no guarantee that their website content is transferred securely, and that all content is open for any third-party to review and/or modify.

The new more noticeable icon will help to more clearly convey this point to both webmasters and users.

Google wants to encourage all websites run security with HTTPS in their “HTTPS everywhere” campaign.  For more details, see:

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Bob Dealmeida
4/26/17
Bob Dealmeida
Hi Marcia
Can you post a screenshot of the issue??
Also read carver_tim answer, it's a good explanation of the i in the circle and https in the url..

Bob

 
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