The next versions of Chrome will begin to handle the content we see differently when we browse a website, specifically “mixed content”, that is, the one that refers to sites that load through HTTPS but use HTTP resources.

Although the push towards HTTPS has been quite large for a few years, especially for decisions such as Chrome to start marking all HTTP sites as unsafe, there are still many websites that despite offering access through a secure connection HTTPS, upload content such as images or videos through an unsecured HTTP connection.

The blockade will be gradual

The plan Google is making a progressive blockage through several versions of the browser, starting with Chrome 79 version will arrive in December 2019. The first step will be to add a new setting to unlock the content mixed in specific websites.

That setting will apply to scripts, iframes, and other types of content that Chrome currently blocks by default. The setting can be changed directly from the lock icon in the address bar by accessing the website settings.

With the arrival of Chrome 80, audio and video resources will be automatically updated to HTTPS, and if Chrome fails to make them load securely, then it will block them by default. Users can continue unlocking the content from the site settings in the URL bar.

In addition to this, in Chrome 80 HTTP images may continue to load, but Chrome will display a “Not secure” warning in the URL bar. The goal is again to motivate web administrators to migrate their images to HTTPS.

Chrome 80 will arrive in the first quarter of 2020.

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