Is Google going to crash Tel Aviv's websites after security change?

Google plans to beef up security with the new version of Chrome, which is due to be released October 16.

October 9, 2018 08:03
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Is Google going to crash Tel Aviv's websites after security change?

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The expected launch  of Chrome 70 on October 16 spells change for Tel Aviv, India, and U.S. firms.

Google intends to beef up security with the new version of Chrome, which is due to be released on October 16, and security experts warn of what might happen when the new security demands interact with existing sites, Engadget reports.

Chrome 70 is not the only issue; the problem lies with sites using Symantec HTTPS certificates which are two years old. This list includes many Indian government websites, Penn State Federal Credit Union and the municipality of Tel Aviv, the heart of the start-up nation.

While the sites will not be blocked, security warnings will appear and users might opt out of using the service until providers upgrade to the new version.

Google gave plenty of warnings ahead of time that it would no longer trust some Symantec certificates and this spring began to distrust some certificates with Chrome 66.

Engadget reports that companies who haven't made the switch to trusted certificates might be unaware of the issue or simply attempting to save some money by sticking with the existing ones for as long as possible.

Edited by Dana Wollman, Engadget is one of the leading technology blogs on the web and is available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish and German.

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