Google announced on March 23rd via the Chromium blog that the latest update to its Chrome web browser will use the HTTPS protocol by default in an attempt to make searching faster and more secure than before. Previously, the popular web browser used to add HTTP instead of the secure HTTPS protocol every time a user tried to open a website.
Google mentions in its blog post that all searches in the address bar that do not include any protocol will automatically have the secure protocol by default. For example, if a user searches for flipkart.com, Chrome used to fill it out as http followed by flipkart.com, which will now change.
This protocol will also be followed when a user visits a website that they have not visited before. The tech giant explains that since you won’t need to convert from HTTP to HTTPS, the upload speed will be faster.
Google says that for sites that don’t yet support HTTPS, Chrome 90 will use HTTP. This protocol will also be followed when the HTTPS attempt fails. These errors include certificate errors (mismatched or untrusted self-signed certificate) and connection errors (DNS resolution failure).
The blog also mentions that HTTP will protect users “by encrypting traffic sent over the network, so that confidential information that users enter on websites cannot be intercepted or modified by attackers or spies.” Chrome 90 will be released first for desktop and Android devices. Google did not provide the exact release date for iOS devices, but says it will follow shortly thereafter.
Chrome earlier this month also made its live caption feature available for some smartphones. Helps to create subtitles for any video, podcast, audio message in real time. For now, the feature only supports the English language.