The next version of Chrome for desktops looks like a much bigger update than usual. In addition to the grouping of tabs and the automatic blocking of advertisements, which greatly impacts battery life, the browser benefits from a set of important improvements in terms of security, safety and confidentiality. Indeed, Chrome gets a facelift in privacy and security, with a redesign of settings for the sake of simplicity.
In addition to controlling how Chrome handles privacy, Google is also changing the way extensions are managed and the way cookies are treated when you are in incognito mode. A new section “Google and you” in Chrome settings replaces “People”: it contains all the synchronization controls. It will be possible to modify the data shared with Google and saved in the Google account, as well as the data distributed to other devices to which you are connected.
The “Clear browsing data” option has been highlighted and moved to the top of the Privacy & Security section. According to AbdelKarim Mardini, senior product manager at Google, this is due to the fact that people frequently erase their history these days.
A new section has been added to control whether websites can access things like location, camera, microphone, and notifications. There is also a list of the most recent authorizations granted. You can now opt for safer browsing by periodically checking whether the pages and downloads you are viewing are safe, and then warning you if there is a potential danger.
Secure DNS and extension management
Similarly, the secure DNS will use DNS-over-HTTPS to encrypt the consultation of the DNS. This will avoid listening to the sites you visit or redirecting you to phishing sites. This feature will be enabled by default, provided that your DNS service provider supports it; you can also change the DNS provider (or disable secure DNS) from the new settings section.
For Chrome extensions, there is a new way to manage them. Browser extensions will now be listed in a drop-down list in the Chrome toolbar – although you can still pin extensions in the toolbar, for even easier access – with the option to adjust what everyone can access.
The “Incognito” private browsing mode does not already allow history, information entered on forms or browser cookies to be saved. Google is now making sure Chrome also blocks third-party cookies by default at each session “Incognito ” A new control on the “New” tab page – which looks like an eye – will allow users to select certain sites for which third-party cookies are enabled. According to Google, this will start on the Chrome desktop, then in the Android version.
Security check in Chrome
The other big change from Google with the new Chrome is the addition of a security check option.This option, which has just been added to the browser settings, allows you to quickly ensure that the configuration is in accordance with what is expected of it with regard to malicious extensions, compromised passwords, etc. .
When the security check is done, it automatically checks that you have the latest version of Chrome and that safe browsing is enabled. If any of the passwords saved by Chrome have been compromised, this will also be reported. You will also be given instructions on how to change them. Finally, if malicious extensions are installed, Chrome security will identify them and request their removal.
That’s all. But it’s also a lot. Combined with other changes, the next version of Chrome seems to be the biggest update in a long time, an update that configures the browser for the biggest changes to come in terms of cookies and tracking. The update will launch like all other Google updates: in the coming weeks.