Chrome will forcefully add HTTPS prefix to URLs

Chrome will add HTTPS
Written by Emma Davis

The developers of Google Chrome announced that the browser will now forcefully add the prefix HTTPS to the Internet addresses of the sites.

Over the years, Google engineers have been among the most outspoken proponents of better browser security, along with the developers of Firefox and Tor.

For a long time, one of the key issues of interest to Chrome developers has been the promotion of the use of HTTPS both within browsers and among site owners. The next step towards ubiquitous HTTPS is that recently Chrome automatically tries to switch from HTTP to HTTPS if HTTPS is available.

Also, the browser blocks downloads from HTTP sources (even if the page URL is prefixed with HTTPS) so that users do not think their download is secure if it is not.representatives of Google Chrome say.

Although about 82% of all sites are already running HTTPS, the transition to HTTPS globally is far from complete. Therefore, a new feature will appear in Chrome 90, scheduled for release in mid-April this year.

The change will affect the Chrome Omnibox (as Google calls the browser address bar). In current versions, when a user enters a link into the Omnibox, Chrome loads the entered link regardless of the protocol used. Now, if the user forgets to write HTTP or HTTPS, Chrome will automatically prepend the text “http://” and try to load the site. For example, domain.com will become http://domain.com.

This will change with the release of Chrome 90. Starting from this version, Omnibox will load all domains via HTTPS, automatically substituting the appropriate “https://” prefix.

There are currently plans to launch [this feature] as an experiment for a small percentage of users in Chrome 89, and fully implement it in Chrome 90 if all goes to plan.said Chrome security engineer Emily Stark.

Users can already test the new mechanism in Chrome Canary. To do this, you need to enable the function in chrome://flags/#omnibox-default-typed-navigations-to-https.

Let me remind you that I also talked about the fact that Soon, Chrome will stop using all the RAM on PCs and smartphones.

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Emma Davis

I'm writer and content manager (a short time ago completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the Gustavus Adolphus College). For now, I have a deep drive to study cyber security.

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