As of the latest beta today it seems that Google Chrome has the option to no longer display the padlock that shows if a website is is actually SSL encrypted. Even though I like the little indicator, with everything going on, less is more, so less clutter is better in my opinion.
Here is how to hide indicator in the latest beta:
- Type “chrome://flags” in the address bar and press the enter key
- Search for “security indicators”
- Where the “Omnibox Updated connection security indicators” flag is displayed, click the pulldown menu that displays “Default” and select “Enabled”
- Restart the browser
Chrome will now notify you when a site is insecure.