Chrome 79 For Mac, Windows Rolling With New Features And Improvements


Google is finally rolling out the latest release of Chrome browser i.e., Chrome 79 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The all new Chrome 79 comes with tab freezing to make the browser less resource-intensive, and a slew of security features related to phishing protection.

The new “Tab Freezing” feature in Chrome 79 has been introduced to save memory, CPU, and battery resources on desktops. This new feature will freeze the tabs that have been running in the background for more than 5 minutes and will restrict them to perform tasks. However, there is an exception for playing audio and video, as well as recording, while site developers can experimentally opt-out.

This new release of Chrome also expands Google’s password and phishing protections in Chrome. The Password Checkup extension is now integrated as part of “Sync and Google Services,” while two phishing protections work to make Safe Browsing better and alert you to change passwords entered on malicious sites.

One more notable change has been done in the Chrome 79 with the profile icon that shows at the top-right of the Chrome. Now, Chrome will better emphasize what profile you’re using by adding a name next to the avatar. Intended for shared devices with multiple users, Google wants to make sure you are storing credentials in the right Google Account.

Interestingly, Chrome 79 features an experiment for 1% of users that enables secure DNS connections through DNS-over-HTTPS. This prevents user tracking and malicious redirects. A new flag allows you to opt-out of the DoH test: chrome://flags/#dns-over-https. This feature was scheduled to come with the previous release. Additionally, Chrome will begin marking sites that use TLS 1.0 or 1.1 “Not Secure” and remove the lock symbol. This measure starts in January 2020 as Google encourages sites to move away from legacy TLS.

One more thing on which Google is working on is a Shared Clipboard. Yes, a shared clipboard that will sync between your computer and Android right from the Chrome. So, you will be able to share clipboard on both of your devices. You can access this shared clipboard from the right-click menu. Text is end-to-end encrypted and Google notes how it can’t see the contents. It began rolling out in October for a “limited number of users” and will be “released to all users in a future version of Chrome.”

Currently, Chrome 79 is now available to download on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It will be coming to Android and ChromeOS soon in the coming weeks.

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