Google Chrome Says A Secure Web Is Here To Stay

 

 

A secure web is what we all want. That’s why I wanted to bring you this post from Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Product Manager.

For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as “not secure”. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.

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In Chrome 68, the omnibox will display “Not secure” for all HTTP pages.

Developers have been transitioning their sites to HTTPS and making the web safer for everyone. Progress last year was incredible, and it’s continued since then:

  • Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
  • Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
  • 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

Lighthouse

Chrome makes it as easy as possible to set up HTTPS. Mixed content audits are now available to help developers migrate their sites to HTTPS in the latest Node CLI version of Lighthouse, an automated tool for improving web pages. The new audit in Lighthouse is helping developers find which resources a site loads using HTTP. Plus, those ready for upgrade to HTTPS simply by changing the subresource reference to the HTTPS version.

Chrome lighthouse

Lighthouse is an automated developer tool for improving web pages.

Chrome’s new interface will help users understand that all HTTP sites are not secure, and continue to move the web towards a secure HTTPS web by default. HTTPS is easier and cheaper than ever before, and it unlocks both performance improvements and powerful new features that are too sensitive for HTTP. Developers, check out our set-up guides to get started.

This is excellent news, Emily.

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Google Chrome’s Automatic Updates

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As one of the most popular browsers, Google Chrome facilitates the use of the internet for millions of users worldwide.

To make sure you’re always protected by the latest security update, Google Chrome can automatically update when a new version is available.

Updates usually happen in the background when you close or reopen your browser. That’s all well and good but what about the users who don’t close their browser?

In that case, you may well see a pending update. When your browser is open, at the top right find “more” (followed by three vertical dots). If an update is available the icon will be coloured:

  • Green – the update’s been available for two days
  • Orange – the update’s been available fo four days
  • Red – the update’s been available for seven days

To update, open Chrome, click “more” in the top right and then click “Update Google Chrome” then click relaunch.

If the update option isn’t shown, you’re already using the latest version.

Set automatic updates

If Google Chrome is installed in your Applications folder, you can set up automatic browser updates.

Go to “About Google Chrome”  and look for the “Set Up Automatic Updates for All Users” button.

Then, close all Chrome windows and tabs on your desktop and relaunch to apply the update.

It’s that simple.

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6 Tips to Reduce Google Chrome’s Battery Usage

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Over 62% of the world’s PC owners use Google’s Chrome browser.

Although popular, it’s well known for sucking the life out of laptop batteries. You’ll be pleased to hear that Google is making efforts to improve this, but in the meantime, here are six tips that will get Chrome’s battery usage under control without sacrificing functionality.

1) Update Chrome

As with all OS, it’s important to keep Chrome up to date.

To check your version of Chrome is up to date, type “chrome://help/” into the address bar and hit enter.

You will then see a version number and a link to check for and install updates or a notice saying that Google Chrome is up to date.

2) Suspend those tabs

One of the best bits of the modern browser is the ability to have multiple tabs. One or two is fine, but when you end up with 20 or more open your battery pays the price.

Getting rid of tabs is a good start, but if you don’t want to change your usage, suspending tabs can be even better. To do this, you can use the Great Suspender tool. If you don’t use a tab for a few minutes, the device will unload it, removing its workload on your computer but keeping the tab there ready to go again when you need it. All you have to do is click on the tab to reload it and continue where you left off.

3) Remove unnecessary extensions

Extensions are part of what makes Chrome great, but each extension added to Chrome can increase its load on your computer, slowing it down and eating more battery life.

Type “chrome://extensions/” into the address bar and hit enter. Then all you have to do is click the box to either disable them or the bin icon to remove them entirely.

4) Stop Chrome running in the background

Even after closing Chrome, it might stick around, consuming power unnecessarily.

To stop it from happening on Windows, find the Chrome icon in your system tray on the right-hand side of the screen (usually hidden under the little arrow). Right click on it, and uncheck “Let Chrome run in the background”.

To then run all the web apps you might have installed, such as Hangouts or Signal, you’ll have to keep Chrome open. But at least when you close Chrome it will shut off.

5) Disable Google Drive offline access

Another tool Chrome uses for web apps that could be draining your battery life unnecessarily are background pages. One that is relatively heavy that you may or may not use or know you have enabled is Google Drive offline access for Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings.

To turn it off go to drive.google.com, click the settings cog in the right-hand corner and uncheck the box for Offline. You can re-enable it should you find you do need it at a later date.

6) Block Flash and make plugins click-to-play

Many of the most demanding and therefore battery-draining elements on a page require a plug-in to run, such as Adobe’s much-maligned Flash.

The easiest way to save battery with plugins is to make them request to run each time. Then you can click and run the ones you want on the page without letting any of the others run unnecessarily.

Type “chrome://settings/” into the address bar. Hit enter. Click the “Show advanced settings” link to expand the menu and click the box marked “Content Settings … ” under Privacy.

On the latest version of Chrome scroll to “Unsandboxed plug-in access” and make sure the box marked “Ask when a site wants to use a plug-in to access your computer” is checked. It’s also worth checking the box marked “Block sites from running Flash” under Flash, although you may use some sites and services that still require Flash – you can add these as exceptions.

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Source: The Guardian

 

Farewell Window’s XP – Hello Google

Window’s XP retirement may not mean the end for users (immediately)

Like most consumables, Microsoft’s operating systems have a shelf life, beyond which time Windows XP the IT giant withdraws support and automatic security updates leaving users vulnerable to malicious attacks.

For all XP users that date is April 8th 2014.

The problem is, according to StatCounter, Windows XP makes up about 20% of all operating systems in use (as at September 2013), which means an awful lot of people and companies are going to be playing Russian roulette every time they use their PC or laptop.

But before you panic, your knight in shining armour is on the way, in the form of Google. They announced in a recent blog post that they will be extending support for Chrome on XP until 2015.

Some might say it’s a canny move on Google’s part to convince Internet Explorer users to switch to Chrome. But then again, with so many unsupported XP users out there, it also offers malware authors an irresistible opportunity to wreak havoc. So really Google come out as the good guys, whatever their motives.

Although the best advice is to consider upgrading your OS, at least this move from Google gives you a bit more time to get the finances in place to do so.

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Browsing–Going Chrome

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What’s your browsing preference?

Are you a Firefox devotee or do you prefer the good old fashioned Internet Explorer?

Whichever rocks your world, maybe it’s time to consider a change. What about the (not so) new kid on the block?

Google Chrome

Those of you of a certain age may be forgiven for thinking the image above is of that really annoying but highly addictive Simon electronic game.

But no – welcome to Google Chrome.

When it was first launched, Google Chrome didn’t make huge waves. Yes it was very fast but it didn’t offer the user many features.

Well two and a bit years on and Chrome has come of age. It has added features such as foreign language page translation and web apps – but it hasn’t slowed down so it still out performs Firefox and Explorer.

One of the best features of the latest version (10) is the refinement of Google’s instant search. Now, Chrome predicts what site you want to visit and loads the page as you type the URL. Admittedly that can be a bit freaky the first few times you use it but it really is pretty cool.

But one the best things about Chrome is its apps. There are free and paid ones available and range of simple bookmarks to applications such as Tweetdeck.

If you haven’t dabbled in Chrome yet, have a go. Once you’re used to it you’ll probably never want to go back to your old browser again.

Author: MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.