Google Chrome to start blocking downloads served via HTTP

    Date10 Feb 2020
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    Are you a Google Chrome user? Have you heard that Google has announced a timetable for phasing out insecure file downloads in the Chrome browser, starting with desktop version 81 due out next month?

    Known in jargon as ‘mixed content downloads’, these are files such as software executables, documents and media files offered from secure HTTPS websites over insecure HTTP connections.

    This is a worry because a user seeing the HTTPS padlock on a site visited using Chrome might assume that any downloads it offers are also secure (HTTP sites offering downloads are already marked ‘not secure’).

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