Google has released Chrome 83 as the latest version of its Web browser. The new Chrome version brings updated privacy controls as well as interface-level changes for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS users. Specifically for desktop users, Google has redesigned privacy and security settings with simplified language and visuals. The new update also includes the features that were originally planned for Chrome 82, which Google cancelled due to the current pandemic.
For desktop users, Chrome 83 brings the redesigned privacy and security settings that offer you the options to block third-party cookies in regular or Incognito mode. There is also an option to block all cookies on some or all websites. Additionally, Google has reorganised the controls available under the “Site settings” title into two distinct sections. One of those sections will help you to find the permissions to access your location, camera, or microphone, and notifications. There is also a dedicated section to highlight the most recent permissions activity.
Google has also transformed the existing “People” section into “You and Google” that provides sync controls. The “Clear browsing data” control has also been moved to the top of the “Privacy and security” section to help delete browsing history with fewer clicks. For an enhanced security, Google has updated Incognito mode to block third-party cookies by default within each private session. A control to opt out from the blocking of third-party cookies is also available. The updated Incognito mode will gradually roll out for all Chrome users, with initial arrival on desktop operating systems and on Android.
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. “If you turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome proactively checks whether pages and downloads are dangerous by sending information about them to Google Safe Browsing,” said AbdelKarim Mardini, Senior Product Manager, Chrome, in a blog post. “If you’re signed in to Chrome, then Chrome and other Google apps you use (Gmail, Drive, etc.) will further protect you based on a holistic view of threats you encounter on the web and attacks against your Google Account.”
Google is also set to bring additional protections including tailored warnings for phishing sites and file downloads, and cross-product alerts to the Enhanced Safe Browsing feature over the next year. Additionally, Chrome users have gotten the Secure DNS feature that uses the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol to help prevent cyberattacks. It can be found by going to the Advanced section of the Privacy and security settings.
Chrome users on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS can check the fresh update by going to the “Help > About Google Chrome” option. However, Android and iOS users need to visit their respective app stores to download the new version. It is also important to note that Google hasn’t provided any list of features available to Android and iOS users.