HTTPS-Only Mode is coming to Chrome
Google Chrome will actively direct you away from insecure websites
Google is currently working on a new feature for Chrome that will automatically direct users away from insecure sites still using HTTP in favor of sites that utilize HTTPS instead.
Once this feature is available in Chrome, a new toggle to “Always use secure connections” will be added to the browser’s security settings under the “Advanced” heading.
If this toggle is switched to on, Google will “upgrade all navigations to HTTPS and warn you before loading sites that don’t support it”
While this toggle will be disabled by default,
if you don’t type out http:// or https:// when entering a website’s URL in the browser’s address bar. However, if a HTTPS version of a site isn’t available, Chrome will show a warning page before reverting back to HTTP.
As HTTPS-Only Mode is still in development, it likely won’t arrive until the release of either Chrome version 93 or 94 with the former scheduled to release in August and the latter slated to arrive in September.
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After living and working in South Korea for seven years, Anthony now resides in Houston, Texas where he writes about a variety of technology topics for ITProPortal and TechRadar. He has been a tech enthusiast for as long as he can remember and has spent countless hours researching and tinkering with PCs, mobile phones and game consoles.
Why would you want to enable flags in Chrome?
The Google Chrome team is constantly working on new features and additions all of the time. Many of these features, such as the reincarnation of Google Reader, make their way to the final version eventually. But sometimes, development takes much longer and they remain in the Canary or Chrome Beta builds. But even then, you won’t be able to just download those versions and use the features.
Instead, you’ll need to enable flags in Chrome in order to access these experimental features. Google hides features behind flags if they aren’t ready for primetime just yet.
How to enable flags in Chrome
If you are okay with tinkering around with flags and want to try and improve your browsing experience, you’ll want to dive into Chrome Flags. You won’t find an option to load the flags in the Settings of the app, and instead need to head into the specific landing page. Here’s how to enable flags in Chrome.
- Open the Google Chrome app on your Chromebook, Windows, Mac, or Android device.
- In the URL bar, type chrome://flags.
- In the search box, type the flag name.
- Find the Chrome Flag that you want to enable.
- Click the drop-down menu next to the flag.
- Select Enabled.
- Click the Relaunch button at the bottom of Chrome to restart the app.
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