INTRO: Google Chrome will soon start trying to guard you from entering information into insecure text boxes on websites. According to a replacement blog post on the Chromium Blog, the change will go live ranging from Chrome 86. With the new feature, Chrome will warn users once they attempt to fill forms on pages that are submitted insecurely.
The company has outlined a 3 step warning process to make sure user safety with such text boxes and forms. Basically, Chrome will do the subsequent things to make sure you don’t accidentally send your information insecurely:
- Autofill will be disabled on insecure text fields.
- If you try to fill in an insecure form you will see a warning informing you that the form isn’t secure.
- When you submit such a form, Chrome will show a full page warning to alert you of the risk.
You will still be able to submit the form if you want, by the way. So if you’re on an internet site that you simply trust, or if you’re simply testing your own website on Chrome, you’ll continue sending your form with no issues. However, Chrome is hoping that the new security feature will make the threats more transparent to users. Obviously, sending your data over insecure protocols means a nasty actor can potentially view it, or maybe alter it on the way. It’s never an honest idea to submit personal information through an insecure form or text field.
The new feature will go live with Chrome 86, so there’s a little time before Chrome starts warning you of such threats. However, even now, Chrome tries a little bit. When you’re on an internet site that uses insecure forms, Chrome removes the lock icon from the address bar. It’s not as outrightly visible because the upcoming warnings in Chrome 86. However, you ought to always look out for the lock icon to make sure the web site you’re on is secure and using HTTPS.