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Chrome for desktop introducing tons of new safety tools, including Safety Check

The Safety Check tool, in particular, is easy to use and simple to understand.

Published onMay 19, 2020

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Online safety should be one of the biggest concerns each of us has today. Although Google’s Chrome browser isn’t the absolute safest, Google does deserve credit for taking Google Chrome safety very seriously, and a new update for the browser proves this in spades.

Google Chrome M83 will introduce several new privacy and security features, the largest of which is a new Safety Check tool. The Google Chrome Safety Check feature is easy to use, simple to understand, and gives users a way to get an overall look at their safety status in Chrome.

When the new M83 build lands, you’ll be able to perform a Safety Check right in Settings. Doing so will give you a quick readout of how things stand. Check it out below:

Google Chrome Safety Check

Obviously, this is a very macro look at your overall Google Chrome safety. But Chrome will also have a lot more ways to dig deep and ensure your browsing is as safe as it can be without switching to another system. Check out the summary below.

Google Chrome safety updates in M83

  • Existing controls (such as cookie and permission management) are now easier to find, easier to understand, and easier to control.
  • Third-party cookies will be blocked by default when browsing using Incognito Mode. You can fine-tune this if you wish.
  • Extensions will now be organized under a new puzzle icon so you can easily find the extensions you have installed. You can still choose to show certain extensions on the toolbar, though.
  • A new Enhanced Safe Browsing tool will take Google Chrome safety to the next level by proactively checking if sites, downloads, media, etc. are safe.
  • During a Domain Name Service (DNS) lookup, Chrome will now use DNS-over-HTTPS to encrypt the procedure.

As a final note, though, keep in mind that all the features described above are for the desktop version of Chrome only. Some or all of them might make it to the mobile version at some point, but not quite yet.

The M83 update for Chrome will land sometime soon but it may take a few days to a few weeks for the update to come your way. As soon as it does arrive, though, make sure you upgrade so you can take advantage of all these new Google Chrome safety features.

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