The search giant Google Chrome has begun the rollout of new privacy and security settings for desktop for better control as well as safety. Moreover, it is also getting safety check tools, third party controls in Incognito mode, secure DNS and much more. The company’s head announced the release of the new tools for the desktop version of google chrome.
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai took to Twitter to announce the roll-out, hos tweet reads, “We’re rolling out new tools + redesigned privacy & security settings in on desktop to help you better control your safety on the web: a safety check tool, 3rd party cookie controls in Incognito mode, Enhanced Safe Browsing, Secure DNS & more.”
Let’s have a look at what the latest Google Chrome update brings for the users:
- Now you can manage cookies by choosing if and how are used by websites you visit. You also get the choice to block third-party cookies in regular or Incognito mode and to block all cookies on some or all websites.
- The company has now reorganised the controls into two distinct sections to allow the users to search for most sensitive website permissions such as access to location, camera or microphone, and notifications.
- Earlier at the top of Chrome settings, there was “People” to help you find sync controls. In place of that, you will now see “You and Google” allowing you to take charge of what data is shared with Google to store in your Google Account and made available across all your devices.
- With the new update “Clear browsing data” has been repositioned to the top of the Privacy & Security section.
New safety tools
The new Google Chrome update brings in new tools that will advise you if the passwords you’ve asked Chrome to remember have been compromised, and if so, how to fix them. Now the users will be warned by Google’s technology before you visit any dangerous site or download a harmful app or extension if Safe Browsing is turned off. Now you will be altered and will be advised how to remove if any malicious extensions are installed.
Third-party cookie controls in Incognito mode
The users browsing history and information entered in forms or browser cookies are not saved in Incognito mode. Chrome will now allow users to block third-party cookies in the incognito mode. Also, they can also allow third-party cookies for specific sites by clicking the “eye” icon in the address bar.
Pin extensions to the toolbar
Now the users will see a new puzzle icon on the top right corner of your extensions on your toolbar allowing you more control over data extensions you can access on sites you visit. You can now pin your favourite extensions to the toolbar.
With the new update, Chrome is getting two major security upgrades Enhanced Safe Browsing and Secure DNS. For protection from phishing, malware and other web-based threats you can turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing. When it is turned on Chrome can check whether pages and downloads are dangerous by sending information about them to Google Safe Browsing.
Whereas with the Secure DNS your security and privacy while browsing the web will be improved. According to the company, while you are accessing a website, your browser first needs to determine which server is hosting it, using a step known as a “DNS (Domain Name System) lookup.” Chrome’s Secure DNS feature uses DNS-over-HTTPS to encrypt this step, thereby helping prevent attackers from observing what sites you visit or sending you to phishing websites. By default, Chrome will automatically upgrade you to DNS-over-HTTPS if your current service provider supports it. You can also configure a different secure DNS provider in the Advanced security section, or disable the feature altogether.
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