Google Chrome to Bring the Ability to Block Suspicious HTTP Downloads
HTTP webpages are now marked by Google Chrome as 'Not Secure.'
Using insecure web forms is presently blocked by Chrome on secure websites.
Additionally, the browser has a setting for 'Always use secure connections.'
According to reports, Google Chrome is developing a new feature that will shield users against unsafe HTTP downloads. Because HTTPS encryption is currently used by the majority of secure websites, Chrome plans to stop all HTTP downloads, promoting private and secure browsing.
The browser currently offers a few security features, such as mixed components and a toggle for 'Always utilise secure connections' in the security settings. For older websites that solely use HTTP-encryption, the browser also displays a 'Not Secure' warning in the address bar.
A recent code modification for Google Chrome has been discovered with a function that will alert users about insecure downloads from websites utilising HTTP, according to a report by 9To5Google. The technology giant has not commented on the function, which is presently in development.
Users will receive a warning from the feature to use a secure HTTPS connection. It will prevent HTTP encryption downloads from unsecure websites.
According to the report, even if a website that uses HTTPS redirects users to an insecure HTTP server for download before leading them to another secure HTTPS connection, the browser would still flag the download as unsafe. Chrome will also prevent downloads from the website if it is only accessible via HTTP encryption.
Users will apparently be able to go around the block, though. According to the article, the function will warn consumers loudly rather than actually preventing them from downloading dangerous files. According to the source, the upgrade may be tested with Chrome 111, which is scheduled to launch in March 2023.
However, because it is still under development, it is unknown when the stable version will be released. In the meantime, Chrome recently released an update to its address bar that added new shortcuts for simpler surfing.
For the Chrome 108 desktop version, the browser has added three site search shortcuts: @tabs, @bookmarks, and @history. After inputting any of these three shortcuts, pressing the spacebar will direct you to the appropriate page.