“Not Secure” Warning for IE Mode

A customer recently wrote to ask whether there was any way to suppress the red “/!\ Not Secure” warning shown in the omnibox when IE Mode loads a HTTPS site containing non-secure images: Notably, this warning isn’t seen when the page is loaded in modern Edge mode or in Chrome, because all non-secure “optionally-blockable” resourceContinue reading ““Not Secure” Warning for IE Mode”

MoarTLS: Non-Secure Download Blocking

With little fanfare, an important security change has arrived on the web. Now, all major browsers (except Safari) block non-secure downloads from a secure page. Browser Version Behavior Edge 94+ Block with right-click “Keep” button Chrome 94 Block Silently Firefox 93 Block with “Allow download” button Brave 1.30.89 Block Silently Opera 79.0.4143.72 Block Silently SafariContinue reading “MoarTLS: Non-Secure Download Blocking”

Understanding the Limitations of HTTPS

A colleague recently forwarded me an article about the hazards of browsing on public WiFi¬†with the question: “Doesn’t HTTPS fix this?” And the answer is, “Yes, generally.” As with most interesting questions, however, the complete answer is a bit more complicated. HTTPS is a powerful technology for helping secure the web; all websites should beContinue reading “Understanding the Limitations of HTTPS”

Seek and Destroy Non-Secure References Using the moarTLS Analyzer

tl;dr: I made a Chrome Extension that finds security vulnerabilities.It’s now available for Firefox too! To secure web connections, TLS-enabling servers is only half the battle; the other half is ensuring that TLS is used everywhere. Unfortunately, many HTTPS sites today include insecure references that provide an network-based attacker the opportunity to break into theContinue reading “Seek and Destroy Non-Secure References Using the moarTLS Analyzer”