Chrome's new update puts a premium on privacy and safety controls

Ruben Fields
May 21, 2020

TechDows has discovered a new flag in the Canary version of Google Chrome which essentially makes it possible for everyone to collapse the tab groups. The company has announced several new privacy and security features that will be included in Google Chrome 83. That's why Google has started to roll out tabbed grouping for its Chrome web browser. It will now block all third-party cookies by default within each session.

These include streamlined controls for which websites can use cookies, which data is shared to your Google account across multiple devices, and which sites can access your camera and microphone. Extensions will also be grouped together in a new drop-down menu that's accessed by clicking on a puzzle piece icon in the top right corner.

To test out tab groups, you'll need to make sure you're running Chrome version 83. In its Privacy & Security section, Chrome is bumping the "clear browsing data" option to the top of the page, so you can clear your slate that much faster.

The next new feature is called "Safety Check". It alerts you if any of your saved passwords are compromised and how you can fix them. Similarly, it will alert users if Safe Browsing is not enabled, in addition to identifying malicious extensions and helping users get rid of them. Lastly, there are two new security features that users can opt-in to.

Google Chrome setting up to collapse tab groups

Aside from the redesigned privacy and security settings, the updated Chrome browser has received an Enhanced Safe Browsing feature to provide more proactive, tailored protection from phishing, malware, and other Web-based threats. This useful tool also lets you know if Safe Browsing is turned off, the Chrome feature which detects harmful site, apps, and extensions. "You can also configure a different secure DNS provider in the Advanced security section, or disable the feature altogether".

The second is Secure DNS, which helps prevent attackers from spying on sites that users visit or sending them to phishing websites.

"By default, Chrome will automatically upgrade you to DNS-over-HTTPS if your current service provider supports it".

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