Google Chrome gets “HTTPS-Only” mode for safer web surfing

Google is working to add “HTTPS-Only” mode to the Chrome web browser to protect users ’web traffic by upgrading all HTTPS connections.

This new feature is now being tested in Chrome 93 Canary for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS and Android.

Although no official announcement has been released yet, HTTPS-Only mode is likely to be available from August 31, when Chrome 93 is expected to be released.

Google has previously updated Chrome to set HTTPS by default for all URLs typed in the address bar if the user does not specify a protocol.

HTTPS updates will be automatic, with no alerts, allowing you to seamlessly browse the internet over a secure connection whenever possible.

Google is not the first major web browser maker to introduce the option to automatically enable HTTPS on all websites.

For example, Microsoft Edge can now be set to switch users to secure HTTPS connections when visiting websites over HTTP after enabling the new Automatic HTTPS feature available in Canary and Developer editions of the browser.

Mozilla also added HTTPS-Only mode late last year. This feature is disabled by default, and can be enabled in browser settings.

By upgrading all website links to HTTPS, Google Chrome will protect users from “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attacks that allow attackers to monitor data exchanged with Internet servers over an unencrypted HTTP protocol.

Sensitive information sent and received over HTTP (such as passwords, credit card information, and other similar information) may be collected by malware installed on the user’s compromised computer.

HTTPS also ensures that attackers trying to intercept your web traffic will not modify the data exchanged with the sites.

Ensuring that you always use HTTPS when surfing the Internet when HTTPS-Only mode is active, Google Chrome helps protect data in transit by encrypting all connections to website servers.

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