Microsoft is introducing a new security feature in its Edge browser. Beginning with Microsoft Edge version 92, users who open websites that use the HTTP protocol will be redirected automatically to a secure HTTPS connection. This feature is currently in development, and the Microsoft 365 roadmap suggests that it will begin rolling out to the Stable channel in late July (via Bleeping Computer).
Apparently, this will be an optional feature, and users will need to configure it in Settings. “Starting with Microsoft Edge version 92, users will have the option to upgrade navigations from HTTP to HTTPS on domains likely to support this more secure protocol. This support can also be configured to attempt delivery over HTTPS for all domains. More secure connections help protect customers from man-in-the-middle attacks,” the company explained on the Microsoft 365 roadmap.
For those unfamiliar, HTTP and HTTPS are web protocols that establish a connection between a hosting server of a website and the web browser. However, the major difference between the two protocols is the SSL certificate. HTTPS is an advanced version of HTTP, and it allows users to create a secure encrypted connection between the server and the browser.
This change is a part of Microsoft’s effort to help users to protect potentially sensitive information (such as credit card information and passwords) from being stolen. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox recently got support for enabling HTTPS on all domains, and it’s great to see the Microsoft Edge browser finally catching up.