Firefox, Mozilla’s free and open-source web browser, is gunning for sites that collect personal data without using HTTPS encryption, in an attempt to combat the growing number of phishing attacks.
Google’s Chrome web browser already flags up insecure cleartext sites that collect users’ passwords. From now on, Firefox will also brand insecure sites with a crossed-out grey lock symbol that reads ‘not secure’ when clicked.
Apart from being a great user-friendly move making cybersecurity more mainstream, this decision also serves as another nudge to companies to employ better security on their websites. SSL certificates can be purchased online and installed with fairly minimal effort, rendering transactions on the organisation’s site more secure through encryption – and changing the domain URL from http to https (yes, the ‘s’ stands for secure!).