Microsoft Edge continues to prepare for improvements that will arrive in future versions of Edge and has now announced that starting with Edge 92, they will introduce the ability for the browser to automatically redirect users to a secure HTTPS connection when they visit a web page that uses the HTTP protocol. protocol.
The improvement is intended to be implemented with the general version of Edge at issue 92, a compilation that is expected to be released around July and can already be tested on Canary Channel, which can be downloaded from this link.
To put us in context, these four letters, “HTTP” are the abbreviations of “Hyper Text Transport Protocol”, which means that it is a language for exchanging information between servers and clients on the network. The addition of the letter “S” at the end is linked to the English word “secure”. Pages starting with http: // are therefore pages that use normal language, which may not be secure.
Instead, when a web page uses the “HTTPS” protocol, your computer is connected to a page that speaks to you in encrypted, invader-proof language, and with greater security.
And that’s what you want to avoid with the new option that will allow Edge users to switch from “HTTP” to “HTTPS” on websites that may already support the most secure protocol. In addition, users will also be able to configure the browser to update all connections to HTTPS as the default Internet communication protocol.
With the use of the HTTP protocol, connections are not encrypted and an attacker could take back the data that we send while browsing, including passwords, banking information and any other confidential information.
“Starting with Microsoft Edge version 92, users will have the option to upgrade their browsing from HTTP to HTTPS in areas that may support this more secure protocol. This support can also be configured to attempt to deliver over HTTPS for all domains ”.
In this way, users are protected when browsing against man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks that can trick an attacker into accessing the data we are exchanging when browsing the network via unencrypted HTTP connections.
This change is already active in Chrome (which like Edge is based on Chromium) from version 90, a browser that already uses HTTPS by default when accessing any web page that has this capability. Something similar happens with Firefox 83, where Mozilla also added an HTTPS-only mode.
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