Google Chrome will actively direct you away from insecure websites

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Google is currently working on a new feature for Chrome (opens in new tab) that will automatically direct users away from insecure sites still using HTTP in favor of sites that utilize HTTPS instead.

The search giant has long been a proponent of using HTTPS and all the way back in 2018, it began marking all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ (opens in new tab) in its browser (opens in new tab). Beginning with the release of Chrome 86 last year, Google also began warning users about insecure forms on HTTPS sites (opens in new tab) to prevent users from entering sensitive information such as their banking details.

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Now though, the company is planning to add an “HTTPS-Only Mode” in an upcoming version of Chrome according to a new post (opens in new tab) on the Chromium Gerrit site.

HTTPS-Only Mode

Once this feature is available in Chrome, a new toggle to “Always use secure connections” will be added to the browser's security settings under the “Advanced” heading. If this toggle is switched to on, Google will “upgrade all navigations to HTTPS and warn you before loading sites that don't support it”.

While this toggle will be disabled by default, Chrome already defaults to using HTTPS (opens in new tab) if you don't type out http:// or https:// when entering a website's URL in the browser's address bar. However, if a HTTPS version of a site isn't available, Chrome will show a warning page before reverting back to HTTP.

Any sites that users allow to bypass HTTP-Only Mode will be saved by Google so Chrome won't ask you again the next time you visit them.

As HTTPS-Only Mode is still in development, it likely won't arrive until the release of either Chrome version 93 or 94 with the former scheduled to release in August and the latter slated to arrive in September.

Via 9to5Google (opens in new tab)

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