December 2, 2020
Google Chrome 86 to Disable Autofill on Unsecured Forms

Don’t Count on Google’s Autofill to Help Complete These Types of Online Forms when Chrome 86 Rolls Out

Chrome autofill is a super-useful and convenient feature but Google won’t allow the tool to work with certain types of online forms…

Google’s goal to secure just about every aspect of the internet continues. In the not-too-distant future, the search engine’s browser will disable autofill, if web forms don’t comply with specific security protocols. In other words, some internet forms won’t have Chrome’s autofill option, which means people will have to manually input information. This, even if the form in question is on a site running HTTPS.

Google Chrome 86 to Disable Autofill on Unsecured Forms

Google calls HTTPS sites with unsecured forms “mixed forms.” This means that although a website might be encrypted, forms on said site might not be properly or at all encrypted. That represents a risk and Chrome’s autofill tool will not work on these kinds of forms, beginning with the release of version 86, which is scheduled to roll out on October 6th. Google writes on its Chromium Blog:

“Beginning in M86, Chrome will warn users when they try to complete forms on secure (HTTPS) pages that are submitted insecurely. These “mixed forms” (forms on HTTPS sites that do not submit on HTTPS) are a risk to users’ security and privacy. Information submitted on these forms can be visible to eavesdroppers, allowing malicious parties to read or change sensitive form data.”

Chrome 86 autofill insecure form warning
Credit: Google

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