Google Chrome 56 will be launching in January 2017. As part of a recent statement, the company revealed that with the new iteration of the popular browsers, users will receive active warnings whenever they arrive on a website domain that is not encrypted.
The current version of Google Chrome also has several built-in features which are meant to bring attention to websites who still do not use data encryption. However, these current features are more neutral, and still allow the user to easily log in.
The future set of warnings will actively show up whenever the user will attempt to input any data into the fields of a non-encrypted website. Furthermore, the warnings will continue to advise the user to find other safer alternatives to a website they are visiting.
Users and website developers have reacted to the news in very different ways. The former have shown great enthusiasm towards Google’s efforts to increase personal security and safety over the internet. Meanwhile, the latter are yet again accusing Google of being internet bullies and forcing them to adopt measures which are not always necessary.
The team behind Chrome has always focused on user safety and security. Their efforts have increased considerably as of lately. Their main argument focuses on the ever growing technology behind websites and their development. Data encryption is no longer seen as that extra layer of security but instead as a necessary one.
Why Google Chrome Does Not Want Us To Get Hacked
In the past five years we have more than tripled the amount of personal information that we store and use online on a daily basis. Losing a password no longer means temporarily or permanently losing an account.
Service interlinking ensures that vulnerability on one domain can quickly mean losing access to email, banking, and cloud storage. Recovering the account and all the data is not always achievable. When successful, undoing the damage done is another issue altogether.
In short, damage control continues to be a stressful, time-consuming, and sometimes even expensive ordeal for the victim. Google does not want its users to have to go through that and they consider that it is the responsibility of the website to do better.
The changes to how Google Chrome sees and treats data encryption on websites can be seen as bullying. Google does not have absolute authority over the internet. However, they are trying to improve quality of life. They are using their name and their reputation because they are aware that it currently holds more weight than the voices of individual users.