Google is celebrating 10th birthday of Chrome web browser with a major update. It has a whole host of new features, including a slick new design. Now you have to update Chrome to the latest version i.e. Chrome 69. These scripts are used by web sites to mine cryptocurrency using your browser and CPU, which not only affects system performance, but could also damage your hardware after prolonged use.
Unfortunately, this goes against our preferred security, even though Google encrypts passwords, because storing them in the browser creates a treasure trove for malware to pilfer that sensitive data.
The biggest change, Chrome now features more rounded shapes, new icons and a new colour palette. The new design was based on Material Design principles.
The Chrome upgrade also marks 10 years since Chrome was launched, said Google. For iOS, it moved the toolbar to the bottom of the screen to make it easier to reach.
More importantly, Chrome will now offer automatically generated random passwords when you sign up for websites, which should prevent you from recycling passwords - in Google's words, "so you're not using your puppy's name for all of your passwords anymore". Now, instead of having to manually find a tab yourself or head to Google's search engine to look something up, you can just use the Omnibox.
Google has also added shortcut management to newly opened tabs, which can also feature a photo of your choice in the background.
The battle against HTTP websites has been ongoing for some time. It's far from ideal, of course, and the Chrome development team knows it. As part of this, Chrome will no longer display a Secure indicator for sites using an SSL certificate and will instead show a lock icon as shown above.
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You can still choose to reuse the same password, in spite of warnings.
This is a great addition as it will remove the requirement of installing an extension to perform this behavior, which many simply track your searchers or perform other unwanted behavior.
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It is not yet clear how the team will do this, but it will involve helping people pay attention to the elements they should, such as site identity indicators. Under the hood functionality boosts include; CSS Scroll Snapping, support for notches, web locks, and a few cool new CSS4 features.
If you don't see that option and Chrome says you are already up-to-date, the rollout hasn't hit you yet. You can now also access this information from the toolbar.