Earlier this week, Mozilla released a new version of Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The new version of the browser now describes some HTTP connections as insecure, warning users about websites that collect passwords without using the HTTPS protocol. This is a welcome move as the industry carries on its push towards a more secure internet. Here’s what it will look like:
This is a step forward from previous versions where they would label HTTPS connections as secure with a lock icon. Increasingly, the use of HTTPS is the de facto standard when browsing the web. It creates secure connections by encrypting the data being sent between the browser and web server, preventing malicious parties from eavesdropping or other content injection attacks. By Mozilla’s estimates, about 49% of all web traffic is now secured by HTTPS.
Not to be left behind, Google is also implementing a similar label in Chrome 56, slated for release this week. However, while Firefox’s icon is subtle, Chrome’s will be much more obvious:
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