To block insecure (hypertext transfer protocol) HTTP downloads in Chrome, tech giant Google is reportedly working on a new security option
Across the web, hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS), an extension of HTTP, has become very common.
Earlier, it was only used with privacy-sensitive websites like banks that needed to be secured with HTTPS encryption, however, now it has effectively become the default.
Moreover, in the address bar, the browser now marks any older HTTP website as ‘Not Secure’.
From using insecure web forms or offering insecure downloads, Chrome also blocks secure websites. This combination of secure and insecure elements is known as ‘mixed content’.
In the beginning, the new option to block insecure HTTP downloads will be locked behind a Chrome flag.
Later on, it is expected to be available as part of the “Always use secure connections” toggle, which was introduced in June.
Earlier this month, the tech giant rolled out the passkey support in Chrome with the Stable M108 version, for better safety.
Passkeys are a safer replacement for passwords and other phishable authentication factors.
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