May 25, 2022
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Google Chrome will only accept HTTPS mode for Safe Browsing

Google Chrome will only accept HTTPS mode for Safe Browsing

Google is working on adding HTTPS mode only to the Chrome web browser to protect users’ web traffic from eavesdropping by upgrading all HTTPS connections.

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

Although no official announcement has been made yet, HTTPS mode only [1, 2] will be activated starting August 31st, with Chrome 93 expected to reach stable state.

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

How to test Https mode

If you want to test this experimental feature now, you must first enable the “HTTPS only mode setting” flag by going to chrome://flags/#https-only-mode-setting.

It adds an “Always use secure connection” option to the browser’s security settings that, once enabled, will automatically set Chrome to upgrade all navigation to HTTPS and alerts those sites before loading. will display those that do not support it.

The HTTPS upgrade will be automatic without warning allowing you to surf the Internet wherever possible without interruption in a secure connection.

Google isn’t the first major web browser provider to consider automatically adding HTTPS to all sites.

For example, after you enable a new automatic HTTPS option now available in preview in the Canary and Developer Preview channels, users will be able to switch to a secure HTTPS connection when visiting websites that use HTTP, with a release expected in July. You can configure Microsoft Edge for

Mozilla has also added HTTPS-only mode which secures web browsing by rewriting URLs to use the HTTPS protocol (although this feature is disabled by default, it can be enabled from browser settings).

Protection from MITM attacks, traffic tampering

By upgrading all connections to sites to HTTPS, Google Chrome will protect users from mid-range (MITM) attacks that attempt to spy on data exchanged with Web servers using an unencrypted HTTP protocol.

Sensitive information (such as passwords, credit card information, and other similar data) sent and received over HTTP can also be truncated by malware running on users’ computers.

HTTPS also ensures that attackers trying to intercept your web traffic do not have any data exchanged on websites without being detected.

By making sure you always use HTTPS while browsing the web when HTTPS only mode is enabled, Google Chrome helps protect your data in transit by encrypting all connections to the site’s servers.

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