Google’s Chrome browser (Google) will block downloads of unsecured server files as of October 2020, with the download link found on the page that is actually stored on a secure server (HTTPS). This includes blocking files of all types, including software files (exe), apps (apk), compressed files (zip), office files, and images and music. Already on browser version 82, expected to be released in April, a warning will be issued for downloading some of these files, and over the next few months Google will step up to full blocking as stated.
The logic behind the decision is Google’s suspicion that users who click on links to download on secure sites assume that the files they download come from a secure source as well – although this is not necessarily the case. For that matter, a site that is not stored on a secure server and offers files to download will not be blocked, as Google assumes that the user is already aware of a particular risk due to the warning messages that the browser already displays while browsing such sites.
Google hopes that the other popular browsers in the market will adopt this approach for the benefit of users – and with the intention of forcing webmasters to adopt higher standards of information security as soon as possible. Mozilla, which is responsible for the development of Firefox (Firefox), has already responded favorably to the initiative, but it has not yet been announced exactly when a similar blockage will be integrated into this browser.