Google rolled out a new update for Chrome packed with new security and privacy features. The new Chrome 83 update for desktops will start rolling out to all users in the coming weeks.
Chrome’s latest update gives users more control over third-party cookies. Google is giving users the option to block third-party cookies in regular or incognito mode. Users can also choose to block all cookies on some websites or on all of them.
‘Site Settings’ on Chrome has been updated highlighting more security features like access to location, camera or microphone, and notifications. There’s a new section with recent permissions activity as well. More visual changes include “You and Google” on top of Chrome replacing “People”. Here, users will find sync controls for their Google account. The option to clear browsing data has also been moved on top now. Extensions are also now clubbed under one puzzle icon on the toolbar.
Google has also added a new safety check in Chrome’s settings where users can find out if their passwords have been compromised, dangerous site alerts and more.
There are two new security upgrades users can choose for safer browsing. “Enhanced Safe Browsing” will allow Chrome to check if the pages users browse are safe. Those signed to Chrome will have added browsing protection. Chrome’s new DNS feature will also determine first which server is hosting the website users visit.
Google plans to add more security features for phishing sites, file downloads and cross-product alerts as well.