Recently there have been reports which suggested that that google is going to launch something called upgraded HTTPS navigations. The plans seem to be on changing the default option on chrome which tries to open the http version of a website first instead of the https version. Read on to know the details.
All you need to know about http
So before we move on to anything else we must first understand what is exactly an http.
- HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol as many of you must be knowing already. It is in most simple terms a format for sending and receiving things on the internet.
- Let’s try to understand this with an example: suppose you have to write an application. Now every application has a fixed format, as we have studies from childhood. A person willing to get a job done has to follow a certain protocol to submit the application.
- Much in the same way when a user tries to access a certain thing on the internet it is done by following the http protocol.
- So, when a user clicks on a link, the browser creates several HTTP requests, so as to obtain all the resources required to display the webpage.
Furthermore, the server to which the request is sent generates a response which is also in http protocol. Thus these HTTP responses are actually the reply to the HTTP requests.
A combination of these requests and responses lead to the successful loading of a web element.
What is https?
HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. It is also called HTTP with SSL or TLS.
HTTP has been around since the beginning of the world wide web by Tim berners lee in the 70s. It has undergone several improvements since then, but still it is basically the same after so many years.
The most pronounced problem in HTTP was that of security. All the requests and responses made were in plain text, so anyone can easily read the information and can know what is being sent or received.
HTTPS solved this problem by simply using a SSL or a TLC encryption so that the requests and responses are end to end encrypted.
Thus HTTPS is a more secure protocol for websites than HTTP.
Chrome changing to HTTPS first instead of HTTP first
Chrome for now sends an http request by default to a site. If the site is encrypted it redirects the user to https version.
Now as more and more sites are upgrading to the HTTPS version google has decided to change it’s default option.
Thus soon the google chrome browser will send a request through a HTTPS protocol by default . Omnibox, that is the search bar of chrome will also be using TLS by default from now on.
Tech experts called these changes appropriate and much needed.
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