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Google Chrome will block downloads from websites using HTTP

Google Chrome updates will protect its users against insecure downloads, from June, protecting them against malware and other viruses.

The company announced plans to downgrade any websites running on HTTP rather than HTTPS in its search results back in 2015. HTTPS, which stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, stops unauthorised people from tapping into computer computer and stealing valuable information via the webpage. The changes should be fully implemented for Chrome users across the globe by June 2020. Starting with Chrome 82 in April 2020, Chrome will caution users about insecure connections when trying to download executable files like .exe and .apk installers.

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After that, it will start to warn and block different categories of downloads until a blanket-ban on all downloads using this older, insecure method is in place by Chrome version 86 in October 2020. PDFs and .doc files will get the warning in Chrome 84, with audio, images, text, and video files displaying it by version 85. These warnings are also coming to the Android and iOS versions of Chrome, but the above schedule will be delayed by a release for the mobile platforms.

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