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How to Avoid Hackers and Computer Repairs via Security Alert

by Lisa Glenn (writer), , August 27, 2018

An unprotected website is prone to hacking. A user can easily detect whether or not that website is protected. He should be attentive to what the address bar of the browser reads.

I bet you won’t like someone peeking into your messages. But, you can’t stop hackers. Their malicious tendency pushes them to get through your Gmail account. It’s no surprise that most of the cyber spies like to break into your security wall. They want to go through what your mails have. Be it your debit card number or credit card details, they insanely want it at any cost.

However, Google used to follow this route. As a report on the NBC News says, your Gmail messages were not private. It used to scan each and every email & search history for keywords. Thereby, hosts of many products and services got info on what you require. Won’t believe?

Throw a cursory look over your inbox messages. A volley of promotional advertisements piles up almost every hour a day. You can witness some phishing mails also. They’re the positive signs of computer hacking. How? Simply, it’s a magic of the keyword’s power. But now, it has seized this practice. The implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (May 25, 2018) allows no more sneak peek to the data subject’s messages.

Have a look over what its latest update states.

Google update:

1. How does Google alert?

The upcoming September is going to be tough for the plain-vanilla HTTP websites. The leading search engines marks such websites as ‘unsecured’ ones. It’s simply because they haven’t obtained SSL certificate of encrypting traffic between a browser and servers. The Chrome will highlight such websites with a red marker. It’s an alert to notify that the webpages are unsecured.

Earlier, the browser pinned the secure webpages with a padlock icon. That padlock of green shade automatically expresses that the HTTPs websites are digitally secure. Also, the data transition follows encryption.

From September, the new version of Chrome (69) will brand the secured HTTPs sites with a neutral marker. It’ll have no green shade in the address bar. Just a tiny padlock will be there to represent secured & encrypted websites.

A month later (in between October 14-October 20), the Chrome 70 will pin a red triangle to represent the unsecure websites. The users could tap this icon in the address bar. It will appear as the user interacts with the input field, like user name field, password field etc..

In the nutshell, you should think twice before ignoring this update. Otherwise, a fear of computer hacking will engulf you. If that cyber-attack is malware or any other, be ready to bear a hefty extortion and computer repair price.

2. How does Safari warn about prospective hacking?

Like Google, Apple’s browser Safari puts a padlock to convey that the site is protected. It explicitly shows that the padlocked site has an SSL certificate. It allows an interaction between the Mac and its browser in an encrypted form. It means that the data is secure in an unreadable format.

Now, the insecure websites will immediately receive an auto-generated message in a red shade in a data field. Let’s say, you log into an insecure site. You input your user name. Immediately, a warning in red shade pops up. It reads as-Website not secure. This change was introduced on March 24 this year.

3. How does Firefox provide security alert?

Mozilla’s Firefox had no such security alerts previously. But a year ago, it tapped the footprints of its rivals. Like Safari and Google, the Firefox also hints that there might be a security threat if you log in this site.

Let’s know how you can catch that security signal. Enter any URL in this browser. As you’ll click in the address bar to feed in your login credentials, immediately, a grey padlock with a red backslash will emerge. Along with it, you can go through a warning that the Connection is not secure. Login entered on this page could be compromised.

If you want to test it manually in the Firefox 60,

    ·Input “about:config” inside the address bar.

    ·Find as “security.insecure_connection_icon.enabled”

    ·Double click

    ·The ‘false’ under ‘value’ will convert into ‘true’.

    4. How does Chrome tell that your website is safe?

Have you noticed a small ‘i’ inside a circle in the address bar of the chrome? It’s a quick tip to brainstorm that the link you’ve entered is unsafe. This browser has been passing the signal of an insecure connection since 2017.

If you, too, want that the Chrome will automatically send this kind of alter via its address bar, follow these settings:

    ·Move to its address bar and input “chrome://flags”

    ·Search for “Mark Non-secure origins as non-secure” option.

    ·Enable it.

    ·Restart the chrome again.

Be attentive to the aforementioned symbols and the alerts. These are all meant for providing you a great browsing experience under surveillance. A little bit of ignorance can lead to an irreparable damage to your computer. Sometimes, a big amount fails to reimburse its loss.

About the Writer

Lisa Glenn is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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