A vital Chrome update has just been released by Google – check your web browser now

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If you use Google Chrome it’s worth checking your browser settings right away. Google has just begun releasing its new Chrome 86 update and although there’s no jazzy new features or big redesign it does bring some vital security upgrades to the popular browser.

Chrome 86 includes numerous improvements for both desktop and smartphone users such as checking to see if passwords saved within the browser have been involved in any breaches.

If an anything worrying is spotted you’ll now be alerted instantly and advised to change your password.

That may not sound new but Chrome 86 takes you straight to the password or security page of the hacked site making it simple to lock things down.

Another nice feature checks and shares uncommon URLs in real-time with users then instantly alerted if Google thinks the website being visited could be dangerous.

When logging into websites, Chrome also offers a new “Safety Tip” alert for spoof URLs that look very similar to the real thing with a pop-up window saying “Did you mean… ?” This should stop unsuspecting web users stumbling across fake phishing sites.

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There’s no word on a full worldwide release of Chrome just yet but you can check your browser by heading to Chrome > About Chrome.

Along with Chrome 86 coming to devices there is another reason to check your browser is full updates.

That’s because months after it was first revealed, Chrome fans can now access a new feature that groups tabs together to make them all easier to find.

Group Tabs is a very simple concept. All you have to do is right-click on a tab that’s open and select “Add tab to new group” from the drop-down menu. From here, you can change the colour of the group even give it a name, which should help to keep things in order. Once that’s done, you can then simply click and drag other tabs into the group.

You make as many groups as you like although Google has limited the colour options to eight which is probably just about enough for most people’s needs.

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