Google are rolling out updates and introducing new tools to the Chrome browser to improve security.

This update was published on Google’s blog, The Keyword, May 19th by AbdelKarim Mardini.

Google have now redesigned Chrome’s privacy and security settings on desktop. It is now easier to find and customise settings for cookies, website preferences and sync settings.

These new settings and options can be found in Chrome’s browser settings, under ‘Privacy and security’.

Let’s take a look at what new tools are being introduced;

New Security and Privacy features for Google Chrome browser

Chrome Safety Check

One of the many new tools is the Chrome Safety Check, a new tool to check your managed passwords and website security.

This new tool will flag if one of your managed passwords has been compromised, and how to fix it. It will also flag any suspicious websites before you visit them.

Another feature of the Security Check is a new way to see if you have the most updated version of  the Chrome browser installed. This will also flag suspicious extensions.

This new tool is added to the settings > privacy and security, in which you can check all of the above with a click of a button.

You can now control third-party cookies whilst browsing in Incognito Mode. Whilst in a new Incognito tab, you can choose to block third-party cookies.

By doing so, you will see a small icon in the top right corner of the address bar – click it to see how many third-party cookies have been disabled for the website you are visiting.

Some websites might not work correctly without third-party cookies, so use at your own discretion.

New Extension Management

We all know someone who has more Chrome extensions than they know what to do with. I have 9 (mad, I know), and with the bookmarks bar, the browser can get cluttered.

With this new update, all your extensions are put into an ordered list, with one new button.

You can now pin your favourite extensions to a list, and use new quick access shortcuts.

Enhanced Safe Browsing protection

Chrome’s new enhanced security features are opt-in and you can choose to turn them on or off.

With the new Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome will proactively check pages and downloads, checking if they are dangerous – doing so by sending information to Google Safe Browsing.

The Enhanced Safe Browsing gives you more proactive and tailored protections from phishing, malware and other web-based threats.

Secure DNS

Google are launching Secure DNS. When you visit a website, the browser will first determine which server is hosting it, using a step known as a ‘DNS (Domain Name System) lookup’.

Secure DNS will use ‘DNS-over-HTTPS‘ to encrypt this step, helping prevent attackers from seeing what sites you are visiting or sending you to phishing websites.

The new Chrome updates will be coming over the new few weeks, so be sure to keep your browser updated.

These new features are a good step for Google. Safe browsing should be default for all.

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