Desktop Sync HTTP settings page in Google Chrome

Chrome updates

At 2018 Google NEXT, Chrome recently announced that all non-HTTPS sites will be marked as “not secure”.

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Treatment of HTTP pages

How does the update affect Desktop Sync?

Egnyte Desktop Sync uses a web based interface (via browser) for the settings page. The interface is accessible through 127.0.0.1:8806. Because there is no SSL certificates associated with the internal IP address, Chrome will classify it as "Not secure". 

What does it mean for Desktop Sync users?

Functionality wise, nothing is changed. Users will still be able to view and configure the same set of Desktop Sync settings. The only difference is Chrome browser will mark the page as "Not secure". However, there is no added security benefit to encrypt the traffic using HTTPS because all traffic occurs locally on your machine. All authentication and communication with the cloud still uses HTTPS to ensure it is fully encrypted.

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