You will be able to activate HTTPS first mode in Chrome soon. Chrome 94 schedules release in September
Google announced on Wednesday that Google is working hard to make browsing safer by providing HTTPS – the first option soon, which will try to update pages loaded on the same protocol.
If this option is enabled, the browser will also display a full-page warning when loading a site that does not support HTTPS. The company also announced that it has “redesigned” the lock icon in the URL bar and plans to change its appearance.
HTTPS is a more secure version of HTTP (yes, the “S” stands for “secure”), and many websites you visit every day may already support it. Because HTTPS encrypts your traffic, it is a useful data protection tool if you use public WiFi or provide services to your ISP.
HTTPS over HTTP
Google promotes the adoption of HTTPS through actions such as marking unsafe websites with the “unsecure” (literally, not assure it to be secured) label in the URL bar and using HTTPS:// in the default address bar when entering URLs.
There is currently only one HTTPS First mode, but the company said it would “browse” in the future, making it the default mode. According to Google, HTTPS First will be available starting from Chrome 94. This version is currently scheduled to be released on September 21.
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The company said it received support. And the HTTP connection is still available. As for the padlock icon experiment, I will use a blog post to let Google explain the potential problem of this icon: on the road to the future of HTTPS. We are also rethinking the padlock icon browsers usually use.
Unsafe pages will be put under the spotlight.
When the website is loaded via HTTPS, our research shows users often associate this icon with sites they can trust when only the connection is secure. In a recent study, we found that only 11% of participants could correctly identify the meaning of the padlock symbol.
Starting with Chrome 93, the company plans to change the lock icon to a down arrow as part of the experiment. In my opinion, the arrow looks more like something to click than a lock. Learn more about your connection to understand the reason for the change.
The company said that although the padlock has turned into an arrow, Google will continue to display the “unsafe” label for unsafe pages.
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