Google have announced that Chrome 56 (coming in January 2017) will mark websites using plain HTTP connections as insecure and show a security warning.
The “not secure” indicator will appear next to the address bar on web pages that have input fields for passwords or credit card numbers.
Over subsequent Google Chrome releases, the scope of the browsers HTTP connection warnings will be expanded. Eventually all websites delivered over HTTP will have a security warning – regardless of what data is being transmitted.
Google’s search engine already penalizes websites that do not support SSL. This new penalty is likely to further motivate website owners to make their pages secure or risk damaging their traffic and sales.
Switching to HTTPS has never been easier. Most established content management systems support running over HTTPS with minimal configuration needed. Furthermore, several free providers of SSL certificates have emerged in recent years; most significantly CloudFlare and Let’s Encrypt.
Domainr is a search engine for domain names that makes clever name suggestions using new and less-common domain extensions. Each query returns a list of potential domains categorized by their availability – either taken, available or for sale. A direct link to purchase or negotiate for available domains is then provided, along with basic WHOIS data from the current owner.
Domainr’s most useful feature is difficult to explain. It applies a degree of logic to the results to match the domain extension to the type of business implied by the name. For example, a search for our parent company (“Gowland Media”) returns a list of results including “gowland.media,” “gowland.digital,” and “gowland.press.”
Domainr also have apps available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Chrome; so you can come up with great domain names while you’re out and about. Sure, why not? Finally, Domainr have an API to allow developers to integrate their domain generating powers into third-party apps.
Government censorship, overly zealous workplace browsing filters and website geo-blocking are just some of the reasons why web proxy services are becoming increasingly useful. Unfortunately many of the free services available online are slow, insecure and probably already blocked by your internet overlords.
Instead of battling with popups and worrying whether the proxy you’re using is trying to steal your identity, why not host your own proxy? This quick little guide will show you how to setup Glype on a hosting account and use it to circumvent pesky internet filters.