Google today released Chrome 86, the next version of the popular browser. It includes a number of security improvements. To name one, if a password was compromised, the browser offers a direct 'change password' button.
Google Chrome is the most popular web browser which exists for all major platforms like Windows, Android and Linux. It comes with a powerful rendering engine which supports all modern web standards.
Google Chrome 86 comes with the following highlights.
What's new in Google Chrome 86
- Leaked password checkup on Android: The password monitor feature that was exclusively available on Desktop is now available on Android and iOS. If a password you entered is known to be compromised, the mobile version of the browser will now warn you.
- Directly change a compromised password. If a password is compromised, Chrome will show a button "Change password". For supported web sites, the user will be able to directly change it.
- Google's Safe Browsing service is now enabled in mobile versions of the browser. It will protect the user against phishing, malware, and other dangerous sites using its own database.
- On iOS, the password auto-fill option can now be protected with FaceID.
- For websites opened via the plain HTTP protocol the Autofill feature will be disabled by default. This may potentially prevent your sensitive data leak.
- Executable files and archives are now blocked by default from downloading, and the browser is also shows warning for Microsoft Office documents when you are downloading them.
- The address bar context menu now includes an option to always show full URLs.
- For a small select group of users Chrome will elide everything but the domain in the steady-state. The user involved in testing can bring back the full URL on hover (rather than just on click). The simplified domain display will be restored after interacting with the page.
- For 1% of users, Chrome 86 will come with the FTP feature disabled. Next releases will gradually increase that percent, so with Chrome 88 the FTP support will be removed from the browser.
- A new 'Update available' indicator.
- Performance improvements, more restrictions applied to resource usage by background tabs.
- Also, there are 35 security fixes.
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Note: The offline installer doesn't support the automatic update feature of Chrome. By installing it this way, you will be forced to always update your browser manually.