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A significant update to Google Chrome will help keep you safe

The popular web browser will soon automatically reject unsafe downloads from HTTP sites, according to a recently discovered code modification.

Many formerly HTTP-only sites have now upgraded to utilise the more secure HTTPS protocol in an attempt to safeguard the vast amounts of personal information we freely exchange online.

Google is now the go-to choice because of the many safety-enhancing updates the company has made, allowing users to retrieve and share data with more peace of mind.

Using Chrome with HTTP and HTTPS

For example, Chrome now has a “Always utilise secure connections” option that forces all sites to switch to HTTPS. A “Not Secure” warning appears in the address bar for any HTTP-only sites.

Putting a stop to downloading via an HTTP connection is now strongly discouraged thanks to the code update. Previously, Chrome would alert users when a secure (HTTPS) site received an insecure (HTTP) file.

Since it’s a toggle, it’ll mostly function as a warning rather than a complete prevention, letting users keep using the web as they see fit (which may still entail a less secure HTTP connection in certain circumstances).

The new feature is not likely to be included in Chrome 111, which is scheduled for beta testing in March 2023, but it might be included in the following version later in the year.

Web users admire Google’s dedication to its browser, whether it be security updates or other features like the newly released memory and energy conservation modes. As a result, Google Chrome now makes up two-thirds (66%) of all desktop browsers installed, according to StatCounter.

The desktop browser industry is dominated by Google Chrome, with just around 11% of the market share. Microsoft Edge and Apple’s Safari are a distant second and third, with roughly 10% and11%, respectively.