Browsers are always trying to improve the security of your browsing. With Chrome 86 coming in October, Google plans on helping you mitigate risky text boxes. Protecting your passwords and information has never been more important with the increased amount of shopping being done online.
When you browse the Internet you will often see a small lock that appears to be closed. This is a secure browser and is normally shown with the acronym HTTPS. These extensions aren’t always as secure as they claim, however. There is still a chance that behind the extension can be an unsecured HTTP form. If you have passwords or personal information is entered then this could be risky.
Google is taking steps to help make you aware. The first will be big warnings when you enter these areas. A note will show under the browser stating “This form is not secure. Autofill has been turned off”. This is a great first step because it will stop your info from entering the box automatically.
Should you enter your information anyway, a second notification will pop up. This will show “The information you’re about to submit is not secure”. There will be a conscious effort to disable your autofill in something the browser may deem as a mixed form or if there is an unsecured form. This will prevent these fields from ever seeing your passwords.
There have been attempts to do this in the past. For a while, Chrome would simply remove the lock icon to show a lack of security. The question I would have is, did you even know what it meant until now? Were you aware that when that lock was gone your information as at risk? If we took a poll, we would be shocked at the results. The world is spending way more time online these days and security to your information has never been more important. I am happy to see Google taking these measures on its next release.