Chrome and Firefox Warns about insecure HTTP connections

Google and Mozilla have commenced a campaign to warning you about sites vulnerable to hacking. Coming with the latest updates of Chrome v56 and Firefox v51 web broswers, you’ll know when you are submitting sensitive information over insecure HTTP connections. Warnings like that were a thing before, but now they graduate from beta to stable.

Firefox shows a grey lock with a red dash over it in the address bar when you are browsing a site that is asking for your password. Previous versions don’t have that though if you were in a secured HTTPS website, there was a green lock icon.

Chrome also showed green lock with the word Secure when the site is okay for sharing personal information. Non-secure pages had an info icon that is now followed by a “Not secure” sign.

Engineers at Google say that users do not perceive the lack of a secure icon as a warning. Chrome will show the sign not only you are requested a password, but also some more credentials like credit card details.

Emily Schechter, Chrome security engineer said the plan is to label all HTTP pages as non-secure, then to change the indicator to the red triangle that we currently use for broken HTTPS.

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