With Chrome as one of the most widely used web browsers, Google is constantly making tweaks to make the internet safer and more secure. The tech giant has announced today several new privacy and security features that comes with Chrome 83, which is now available to download.
First up, Chrome 83 brings redesigned privacy controls. It has been redesigned to make the controls easier to find and understand. With the latest build, it will be easier for users to choose if and how cookies are used by websites. Additionally, it also gives users the ability to block third-party cookies even in Incognito mode or block cookies entirely on some or all websites.
Site Setting section has also been revamped into two sections for easier access. One of them is for website permissions, including location, camera, microphone, and notifications. On the other hand, another is a brand new section that shows your most recent permissions activity. Apart from this, users will now see “You and Google,” which is where the sync controls have been moved. Deleting browsing data has been moved to the top of the Privacy & Security section.
In addition to all these features, Chrome 83 also brings a new feature is called “Safety Check.” This new tool will allow users to check whether their password has been compromised and will provide a solution to fix them. It will also warn users before visiting a dangerous site or downloading a harmful app or extension if Safe Browsing is turned off.
Furthermore, Incognito mode now starts blocking third-party cookies by default. Each Incognito session will include a new control at the top of the New Page tab. Users can choose to allow third-party cookies for specific sites.
With this update highly focused on strengthening the security of the user, it adds two new security features that users can opt-in to. “Enhanced Safe Browsing” gives you more proactive and tailored protection from phishing, malware, and other web-based threats. When enabled, Chrome will checks whether pages and downloads are dangerous by sending information about them to Google Safe Browsing.
The next security feature is Secure DNS, which can improve your security and privacy while browsing the web. With this feature enabled, whenever you access a website, Chrome will first determine which server is hosting it, using DNS lookup. Chrome’s Secure DNS feature uses DNS-over-HTTPS to encrypt this step. Chrome will upgrade users to DNS-over-HTTPS if their current DNS provider supports it.
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