EXTRA CREDIT: ‘Let’s Encrypt’ makes HTTPS easier

Browser padlockEver since Edward Snowden brought the breadth and scope of governmental snooping on our online activities, there’s been a call across the internet for all websites to be secure their traffic through encrypted HTTPS connections. And now with HTTP/2.0, a much awaited update to the HTTP protocol which speeds up connections, specifies that all traffic should be encrypted with HTTPS, HTTPS everywhere is becoming more of a reality. But still, the barrier to entry has been high. SSL certificates, that make encryption trusted and possible, can cost anywhere from $20 to $300. But one group of programmers thinks that’s not good enough.

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Auto-Play Flash ads are a thing of the past on Chrome

Google ChromeAccording to an article on WebDesignLedger (and the article it references over at Ars Technica), as of September 1, 2015, Google’s Chrome browser now blocks auto-playing Flash ads from displaying. These problematic ads annoy users, as they usually start playing on page load at full-volume, leaving the user scrambling to find where the offending ad is coming from and make it stop. This is good news for Chrome users, but will Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge follow suit?