HTTP/2 is the biggest change that has come to the Internet since 1999. The call letters that we see at the beginning of every web address on the Internet is known as Hypertext Transfer Protocol and governs everything that we see on the Internet. The update to HTTP/2 will serve as an updated protocol that will speed up the Internet and make web browsing faster. Ultimately, this is just faster and safer – more than anything else.
That being said, there will be tangible improvements to HTTP/2. The Internet will be able to handle more stress with the update to HTTP/2. The change will mean that users will actually see pages load faster on the smartphones, on the tablets, and even on their desktop computers. The update will benefit everyone – and during the age of uncertainty when it comes to online security – this is crucial.
Chrome users won’t see HTTP/2 be implemented until 2016, but everyone else should see the new version of HTTP be implemented over the course of this year. As it has been accepted and approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force, it’s only a matter of time now when it will be published and used officially. It will be up to individual websites and providers to implement the update though, and that will likely take time, as the approval process is separate from the actual implementation process.
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That said, users shouldn’t expect any major changes in terms of look, feel, appearance or cosmetic security. In other words, HTTPS addresses for email services and other services that require a login – will remain the same. Meanwhile, as security concerns continue to be raised – this is just one effort that is underway to ensure that long-term plans are reached as far as implementation is concerned.
As companies like Google continue to work hard to deliver a secure Internet experience, updating things like this – which sat at 16 years old – are required. While the Internet remains fairly young, it has an elderly infrastructure for how quickly it has grown and how quickly it has become the biggest and arguably most important service next to electricity.