Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox developers have indicated that they will abandon to display the Extended Validation (EV) certificate in the upcoming update. Google said that starting with the Chrome 77 release in September, sites that use the certificate will no longer display their owner’s name in the address bar. As for Mozilla, the same changes will be introduced in the desktop version of Firefox 70 released in October.
Both Mozilla and Google will move the EV certificate information behind the padlock icon, which the user can click to view the certificate information. According to Mozilla, this adjustment is designed to reduce the exposure of EV information while making it easy to access.
Google explained that the new measure for the EV certificate icon in Chrome 77 is an adjustment made by the Chrome Security Management user team’s comprehensive considerations as it is no longer able to protect users as expected.
“Users do not appear to make secure choices (such as not entering password or credit card information) when the UI is altered or removed, as would be necessary for EV UI to provide meaningful protection,” Google says.