Browsers Seek More Secure Connections

Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 04:01 PM gHale


Chrome and Firefox browsers are getting more secure as they will flag HTTP connections as insecure while pushing for all websites to move on to a more secure format.

Google and Mozilla want to move toward HTTPS for all websites. This movement started years ago when websites that did use the secure communications protocol got a notice in the address bar, with “secure” and a padlock.

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Mozilla released Firefox 51, and the next version of Chrome will come out shortly, but both browsers have started to describe some HTTP connections as insecure.

The move will stop web pages from appearing, but notices will appear on unencrypted pages that contain forms. For instance, if a user goes on a website that requires him or her to fill in a password, credit card data or other high-risk information, the browsers will react. This should help users avoid those pages that can easily end up modified by attackers.

With the changes coming for Firefox, the unsecured websites will end up marked with a padlock icon with a red line running through it. In the next version of Chrome, Google added a “not secure” label in the address bar.

Plans for both companies include making it clear the pages you’re browsing aren’t secure even if the unsecured page lacks any type of forms for you to fill in.



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