New features include DNS over HTTPS, a security review section, and easier cookie management
Google has released the highly anticipated version 83 of its Chrome browser, which contains a number of features that were originally planned for version 82 and have been discarded due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Above all, the new version offers new or redesigned security and data protection controls as well as better password protection. The updates will be available on Chrome desktop platforms in the next few weeks, according to Google.
At the top of the list of new additions are two important upgrades: improved secure surfing and secure DNS. The former is designed to proactively protect you from various online threats such as phishing and malware. "When you enable Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome proactively checks whether pages and downloads are dangerous by sending information about Google Safe Browsing," said AbdelKarim Mardini, senior product manager at Google. Additional protection updates are in the pipeline next year, including tailored alerts for phishing sites.
Meanwhile, the Secure DNS feature includes DNS over HTTPS (DoH), which encrypts your Domain Name System (DNS) lookups to protect you from a variety of threats to your privacy and security. Chrome either automatically updates you to DNS over HTTPS if the option is supported by your ISP, or you can configure it using another secure DNS provider. You can even completely disable the option. This update will be released after Firefox enabled DoH for US users by default earlier this year, while the rest of the world has the option to manually turn it on in browser settings.
Another new addition to the Chrome toolset is the security check. Among other things, the function notifies you if one of your passwords saved in Chrome has been compromised. In this case you will be advised on what to do. It also checks whether your browser version is up to date or whether Google's secure browsing is activated, which warns you if you want to download or download a malicious extension. If you have installed a malicious extension, learn how to remove it.
The browser controls have also been redesigned to make them easier to understand. Users can now more easily manage cookies and choose how to use them. You can block third-party cookies in both regular and incognito mode. You can even block all cookies on all websites or select them individually. Google has already announced plans to end support for third-party cookies in Chrome. This seems to be one of the steps in this direction.
The control layout in the site settings has been divided into two sections to make it easier to find confidential website permissions (location access, camera, microphone, etc.). The "Clear browsing data" button has been moved to the beginning of the "Privacy and security" section because users use it frequently.
Amer Owaida May 21, 2020 – 4:39 pm