Newsletter: New Security Measure By Chrome & Facebook Tests A Downvote Button

Newsletter: New Security Measure By Chrome & Facebook Tests A Downvote Button

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.”  ~ Jasper Fforde

CHROME WILL SOON WARN ABOUT UNENCRYPTED PAGES

THE STORY

Google Chrome will soon mark all the HTTP sites as “not secure”.

WHAT IS THE CHANGE?

Google has always taken internet security seriously has been making changes and working against unencrypted websites that could pose threat for years. Since 2015, Google starts prioritizing websites with HTTPS instead of HTTP.  From July 2018 and with Google Chrome 68, Google will classify unencrypted websites as “Not secure” in the address bar.

In January, with Chrome 56, Google started labeling “Not secure”  to the HTTP pages with credit card form fields or passwords. Chrome recently designating  “Not secure” to the HTTP pages in Chrome’s Incognito mode.

With Google Chrome 68, it will label all the unencrypted websites as  “Not Secure”  by default. This announcement will enforce the website developers to adopt HTTPS. 81 out of top 100 websites have already HTTPS.

Emily Schechter,a product manager for Chrome security said, “Based on the awesome rate that sites have been migrating to HTTPS and the strong trajectory through this year. We think that in July the balance will be tipped enough so that we can mark all HTTP sites.”

WHAT IS THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE MOVE?

The principal idea behind this is to make the users aware whether it is safe to submit sensitive information while online.

Google said in a blog post, “For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating for HTTPS encryption, and helped users to understand that HTTP sites are not secure. Developers transitioning their sites to HTTPS have made the web safer for everyone.”

According to Google, many of the developers have changed their websites to HTTPS. Therefore, 68% of all Google Chrome traffic on Windows and Android is secured. If we talk about  Chrome OS and Mac, 78% of Chrome traffic is protected.

Google said, “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. Chrome is dedicated to building a better web that provides secure and safe experiences for our users.”

WHY IS HTTPS NECESSARY?

HTTPS encryption secures the path between the your browser and website you are on. This makes sure no one spies on what you are doing. Without the encryption, someone who has access to your ISP or router could impede information sent to websites or inoculate malware into legit web pages.

SHOW YOUR DISAPPROVAL WITH DOWNVOTE BUTTON ON FACEBOOK

THE STORY

Facebook gives users a DownVote button to show your disapproval.

WHAT IS DOWNVOTE?

In 2009, Facebook introduced the “Like button” to appreciate comments, photos, status updates, and videos shared by your friends. Ever since then, users also crave for a dislike button. It looks like after 9 years, Facebook has finally listened and going to give Downvote button (which is a kind of Dislike).

As of now, the feature is in a testing phase. Facebook is testing it on public pages to point out offensive, inappropriate or misleading comments. Facebook stated, “We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts.” Currently, the test is running for just 5% English-speaking in the U.S. with Android phone

WHY DID FACEBOOK WAIT FOR SO MANY YEARS?

There has always been the demand of Dislike button, Facebook has always talked about it but defied the notion. As Facebook was concerned that it could blight affability. Facebook realized that not all moments are good and rollout “reactions,” a set emoji emotions, “love,” “haha,”, “wow,” “sad,” and “angry,” along with the original, “like.” With all these emoticons, people can express their views on a post.

Facebook has been trying to avoid the abusive and offensive interactions between people, so for years Silicon Valley company tried to procrastinate the release of the feature.

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT DOWNVOTE?

There is a lot to know about the feature Downvote. Here we have listed things that we know:

  • When you downvote a comment, it doesn’t affect comment, post or page rank. Moreover, it doesn’t notify anyone but sends a feedback to Facebook.
  • The feature will be launched in a manner that it will enable users to offer feedback to the comments on public page posts. However, they can’t downvote a photo or video which is posted by another publisher.
  • When you tap the downvote button, it hides the specific comment and provides users further reporting options such as “off topic,” “misleading” or “offensive.”

We will know about it more once the feature will go live.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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