‘If you’re not wearing a tie, you’re not getting in’
The move – announced by Google on Wednesday and timed to coincide with Halloween and the end of October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Months month – is designed to allow more security checks during the sign-in process.
Professor Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey, explained that the move is only really likely to affect Tor browser users.
“It does mean that anyone using browsers with scripts disabled (Tor browser can have it enabled but as soon as you do that you may as well not bother using Tor).”
“Most users actually complain when scripts are disabled as many of the nice features they like (everything from rollover effects to drawing in third party content) so I doubt it will affect most users but for anyone with privacy concerns or possibly security concerns, they simply won’t log in,” he said.