Google has launched the hotly anticipated version 83 of its Chrome browser that comes complete with a raft of features originally planned for version 82, which was scrapped thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of all, the new release brings new or redesigned security and privacy controls, also as better password protection. The updates are going to be coming to Chrome on desktop platforms over the subsequent few weeks, said Google.
Topping the list of the new additions maybe a pair of major upgrades: Enhanced Safe Browsing and Secure DNS. the previous is supposed to guard you against various online threats, including phishing and malware, in a more proactive manner. “If you switch on Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome proactively checks whether pages and downloads are dangerous by sending information about them to Google Safe Browsing,” says AbdelKarim Mardini, Senior Product Manager at Google. More protection updates are within the pipeline over the upcoming year, including tailored warnings for phishing sites.
The Secure DNS feature, meanwhile, includes DNS over HTTPS (DoH) that encrypts your name System (DNS) lookups with the aim of protecting you against a number of threats to your privacy and security. Chrome will either upgrade you to DNS over HTTPS automatically if the choice is supported by your internet service provider, otherwise, you can configure it by employing a different secure DNS provider. you’ll even disable the choice completely. This update comes after Firefox turned on DoH by default for US users earlier this year while giving the remainder of the planet the choice to flip it on manually within the browser’s settings.
Another new addition to Chrome’s toolset is a Safety check. Among other things, the feature will provide you with a warning if any of your passwords stored in Chrome has been compromised; if so, it’ll advise you what to try to. It also checks if your browser version is up-to-date or whether Google’s Safe browsing, which warns you if you’re close to or download a malicious extension, is turned on. just in case you installed a malicious extension, the feature will tell you ways to urge obviate it.
The browser’s controls have also skilled a design overhaul, making them easier to know. It’s now simpler for users to manage cookies and choose how they’re used, with a choice to block third-party cookies in both regular and Incognito mode. you’ll even prefer to block all cookies on all websites or choose individually. Google has already announced plans to end support for third-party cookies in Chrome, and this seems to be one among the steps therein direction.
The control layout in Site settings has been divided into two sections, to form finding sensitive website permissions (location access, camera, microphone, etc.) less tasking. The “Clear browsing data” button has been moved to the highest of the Privacy & Security section since users tend to use it frequently.