How your web browser tells you when it’s safe

Google last week spelled out the schedule it will use to reverse years of advice from security experts when browsing the Web – to “look for the padlock.” Starting in July, the search giant will mark insecure URLs in its market-dominant Chrome, not those that already are secure. Google’s goal? Pressure all website owners to adopt digital certificates and encrypt the traffic of all their pages.

The decision to tag HTTP sites – those not locked down with a certificate and which don’t encrypt server-to-browser and browser-to-server communications – rather than label the safer HTTPS websites, didn’t come out of nowhere. Google has been promising as much since 2014.

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from Computerworld https://www.computerworld.com/article/3275726/web-browsers/how-your-web-browser-tells-you-when-its-safe.html#tk.rss_all

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Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?

What began as a complaint on Reddit about botched upgrades to Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, has apparently mushroomed. Now, according to MartinZ, a moderator on Avast’s support forum:

Microsoft temporarily disabled the updates on version 1803 on PCs with Avast. We are working together with MS to find out the cause of this issue, but unfortunately right now neither MS nor us are able to reproduce the issue.

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from Computerworld https://www.computerworld.com/article/3275785/microsoft-windows/is-microsoft-avoiding-the-win10-1803-upgrade-on-pcs-running-avast.html#tk.rss_all