Google Chrome, the most widely used Internet browser, has officially started warning users that unencrypted Web pages are “not secure.” Among those “not secure,” as of Aug. 9: The front pages of the official government websites for 14 states and four of the nation’s 10 most populous cities. Encryption — most easily represented with an “HTTPS” rather than “HTTP” in front of a site’s Web address — is the practice of encoding data traveling between a website and its visitor so that any third parties who are a
The latest version of the Chrome browser puts a label on unencrypted websites.As of July 24, websites that aren't encrypted will stand out for Chrome browser users with a "Not Secure" label in the address bar. The good news is that use of the unsecured HTTP protocol has diminished by more than 20 percentage points, according to Google, since it announced its intention to call out vulnerable sites more than two years ago. In its blog post announcing the change, Google restated its desire to see the Web as an environment of 100% encrypted communications. Users of the latest version of Chrome (68) will see a new “not secure” notification when visiting HTTP pages. For the October release of Chrome (70), the company intends to call out unencrypted sites in bright red letters Google also poi
Google Chrome may get a new option soon that enables all users of the web browser to manage all custom site permissions for visited websites in the browser.Google landed a new experimental flag in Chrome Canary 70 recently that unlocks the new functionality. While it is never clear if an experimental feature will land, be changed, or removed before it can land in stable, it is often the case that Google tests new features by locking them behind experimental flags in development versions of the browser.Chrome users can manage permissions for individual sites in the browser. A click on the icon next to the URL of the site displays basic information about the security of the connection and privacy. The Site Settings link there displays all available permissions and their state. You can blo...
Nearly two years ago, Google made a pledge: It would name and shame websites with unencrypted connections, a strategy designed to spur web developers to embrace HTTPS encryption. On Tuesday, it finally is following through.With the launch of Chrome 68, Google now will call out sites with unencrypted connections as “Not Secure” in the URL bar. The move flips the convention of how Chrome displays the security of sites on its head. Previously, pages that deployed HTTPS-enabled encrypted connections featured a green lock icon and the word “Secure” in the URL bar. HTTP sites had a small icon that you could click for more information; if you did, it read “Your connection to this site is not secure. You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords or credit c
Unbeknownst to most users, Google has long featured native “Save” functionality to bookmark links and images. First built into Image Search and later the Search app on Android, Google also maintained a Chrome extension to save pages. However, Google is set to kill that client next month, thus sending mixed signals on the future of the feature. Nintendo Switch The “Save to Google” extension was released in April 2016 as a way to save more than just photos from Image Search. Webpages could be kept with a tap of the Chrome Extension that opens a standard pop-up window in the top-right corner of the browser to select a cover image for the save and add to a specific list. Google’s “Save” feature — now titled “Saved” — was originally announced in November 2015 as part of Image Search.
In order to make the browsing experience more secure, Google has updated its Chrome browser with a new site isolation feature. With this security measure, Chrome is better guarded against vulnerabilities including Meltdown and Spectre, but at the cost of RAM usage, Cnet reported. For now, the feature is rolled out to 99 percent of desktop and Google will be soon extending it to Android users as well. If you don't have seamless internet connectivity, Google Chrome will ensure you still get your daily dose of news. Google Chrome on Android will automatically download articles when you're connected to Wi-Fi so that you can read the content offline, Cnet reported. The catch here is that the feature downloads articles based on the most popular content in your location, or your browsi
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Google requires OEMs to comply with certain requirements in order to qualify to run the Google Play Store. Among these requirements is one that the EUs chief competition regulator doesnt agree with. This is the requirement that OEMs have to have Google Chrome and Google Search preinstalled. This means if OEMs dont comply to pre-install Google apps, they will not be allowed to run the Google Play Store. Margerethe Vestager is the EUs competition chief and she argues that Googles requirement ensures its own dominance in its own internet ecosystem of services. Surely, Google has an advantage over its search engine and browser competitors. A future ruling could also force Google to offer an easier and more straightforward way of switching internet service engines. This, in add
Bad news if you're still using OS X 10.9 Mavericks – Google has quietly dropped Chrome support, forcing users to upgrade to a more modern version of Apple's operating system.Any Chrome fans with an old Mac will need to switch to OS X 10.0 Yosemite or later – or switch to a different browser. The latest versions of Firefox and Vivaldi still support Mavericks, but Opera now requires Yosemite.Alternatively, you could stick with Safari. Check out the 'Updates' tab on the app store to see the latest version available for your OS.Who still uses Mavericks?Mavericks made its debut in 2013, and all subsequent versions of Apple's operating system were free to download. However, according to web analytics site StatCounter, many people decided to stick with what they knew, and Mavericks is still t
On my 11-hour flight from London to San Francisco last week I was seated next to a father and son that were both over six feet tall. At 5’6” my knees were tapping the back of the chair in front of me. They didn’t stand a chance.Why You Should Consider Seat Size When Booking a FlightThis week JetBlue unveiled a new designed for the economy cabin of its A320 that it claims will…Read more ReadAirplane seats are notoriously small, and unless you’re springing for First Class (and sometimes even if you are) you’re not exactly going to have a spacious ride no matter where you’re sitting.When it comes to legroom, not all airlines and planes are created equal. Sometimes when you have two similarly-priced flights, one airline is offering you a lot more real-estate than another.If legroom is a con