Google has now launched Chrome 56 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android and it appears that it will be more safe and secure than ever before. Chrome has over 1 billion users worldwide, therefore the element of security is an expectation of online users who wish to protect their personal data.
It appears that the new version of Chrome will now warn users of insecure sites or those which ask for passwords or credit card information. It should flag up websites which have insecure HTTPS in order to make users safer online. Although in previous versions there were warnings of harmful activity, the improvement lies in the awareness of the alert. The old approach simply wasn’t effective enough, due to alerts failing to be noticed.
“Studies show that users do not perceive the lack of a ‘secure’ icon as a warning, but also that users become blind to warnings that occur too frequently,” stated Emily Schechter, one of Chrome’s security engineers.
Schechter claims that changes will be made. “…We will continue to extend HTTP warnings, for example, by labelling HTTP pages as ‘not secure’ in Incognito mode, where users may have higher expectations of privacy. Eventually, we plan to label all HTTP pages as non-secure.” It seems that the aims of Google Chrome in the newer version is to make warnings much more prominent to the user. Therefore dangers can be noticed earlier before any serious threats affect computer systems.
The issue surrounding security is extremely significant for internet users who save great amounts of personal information and data on their systems. Chrome 56 sets to protect users in the unfortunate event that an unsafe website is clicked on or has access to credit card information; during instances such as theft of information and money; or the occurrence of eavesdropping on conversations.
Chrome’s new security features are following the trends of Mozilla (the release of Firefox 51) earlier in the month. Chrome will notify users when typing in a URL in the browser, stating “not secure”, in order to suggest suspicious activity before the website has been accessed.
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