A new Chrome update promises to upgrade security with more notifications, and alerts.
In a recent alarming trend, Google found two vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser, potentially risking its 2 billion user base. The vulnerability affected Chrome 81, just three weeks after its release.
Now in a new promising fight back, it has released an important update. In its new update, Chrome will inform users if their passwords have been compromised, or malicious extensions are installed. The browser will also inform about updates, upgrading earlier security. This latest update will provide users with two enhancements including a secure DNS connection, and Google safe browsing. The secure DNS feature will encrypt DNS lookup, and potentially block attackers from peeking into a user history. The Google Safe Browsing update will enable checks to ensure online download, and web browsing is engaging in data transfer while communicating with Google servers.
The new Chrome will come with its set of new privacy and security tools. The tools will help over 2 billion users take control of their privacy while using Chrome. According to Google’s update, the new tools will be intuitive and will allow options like blocking third-party cookies. This option will be available for incognito, and regular mode both. Moreover, Chrome will also feature a section named, ‘You and Google’. The feature will provide more control for users about the data shared with Google.
Moreover, Chrome will also soon be laden with a ‘safety check-in setting’. The option will allow users to check their browser security, and inform them about ways to protect their passwords. New chrome will also warn users when their safety is compromised, and provide more privacy protection for incognito mode. The mode does not require users to save browsing history or passwords. Additionally, the new model will enable the deletion of cookies, and third-party cookie blocks by default.
However, on-going pandemic is leading to a huge influx of cyber security challenges. Various national and international authorities have reported an increase in phishing, ransomware, and other types of cyber-attacks. The pressing need to find an urgent solution, and protecting itself from going concerns of privacy may have prompted Google to provide enterprises and users with a much-needed sigh of relief from cyber threats.
Google has recently received a lot of flak for lapses in privacy controls and security, and it now seems ready to turn a page on browser security.
The new upgrades will hopefully bring about a much-needed change in user perception for the company. On its part, Google has perhaps chosen an ideal time to release a key security update. Google may have not had much choice in the matter, as the earlier vulnerabilities remained a risky proposition for the company.