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Mozilla Firefox has been steadily losing ground to the likes of Google’s Chrome n recent years, but the browser’s creator is slowly starting to address the slide by focusing on security.
Firefox 51.0 will now alert users who navigate to login pages that are not HTTPS enabled. The browser will display a larger, more noticeable “Connection is Not Secure” warning in the address bar and subsequent context bubble, alerting users of simple, non-encrypted HTTP connections.
Any websites utilising passwords such as email services, or during your online banking will now indicate the security of the site in the URL bar.
HTTP can effectively be viewed by everyone who happens to be monitoring the traffic stream, but HTTPS adds a layer of security by securely connecting two devices.
Google Chrome will likely follow Firefox’s lead next week, when the stable its version 56 goes live.
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