Personally, I like to talk more about Firefox, but Google's web browser is the most used in the world, so related news is more important. And it is that a few hours ago it was launched Chrome 79, a new major update that comes packed with new features. Among the less prominent news, but no less important, we have a total of 51 fixed vulnerabilities, available at this link. Among them are two labeled as "Critical" priority and eight as "High".
Regarding the noteworthy novelties, that is, new functions, it highlights what I would compare with the Firefox Monitor: as of this version, Chrome will monitor the passwords you have saved, it will check if the website has ever been compromised in the past and will suggest that we change the password. Another novelty included in this version is also related to security, in this case with Phishing.
Chrome 79 highlights
- New security system that checks passwords in case they have been compromised and warns us. You have to activate it from the settings and we have to have our passwords synchronized in our Google account.
- Real-time protection against Phishing when visiting suspicious pages.
- Automatic suspension of tabs that are running in the background. For those of you who like to have many tabs open, this is very interesting, since it will consume less resources and battery. IN THEORY, you shouldn't suspend tabs that are playing content. The function is deactivated by default and can only be activated from the «Flags»: we write chrome: // flags / # proactive-tab-freeze and we activate it.
- New WebXR Device API, allowing you to enjoy virtual reality (VR) in the web browser.
- New design to indicate the user profile we are using.
- New warning when HTTPS pages have mixed content, with some HTTP.
- New history of the pages that are in the back and forward buttons of the browser. It is activated from chrome: // flags / # back-forward-cache.
- Adaptive icons for PWAs (Progressive Web Applications) on Android. For those who do not know them, the PWA is the system that Google uses to create its web applications. You have more information about them in this link, but personally I would say that it is something I would like Mozilla to add to their Firefox.
- Autofocus 'autofocus' attribute has been added to any focusable HTML or SVG article. Until now, it was only possible in a few elements.
- The aspect ratio of an image or video is now calculated from HTML width and height attributes. This allows it to be used to set its size using CSS before the load is complete.
- The property font-optical-sizing Automatically sets the font size to improve font style and readability.
- From this version, style sheets will be able to use an arbitrary character for the list style marker, such as "-", "+", "★" and "▸".
- Error messages when module fails have been improved Worklet.addModule (), so developers can debug worklets more easily. Script elements moved between documents are no longer evaluated during recovery. Script elements can still be moved between documents, without being executed, to avoid potential security errors caused by exploiting elements.
Now available from your website
Chrome 79 is now available from your official website for Windows, macOS and Linux. As with many other software from the company, Google tends to release new versions of its browser progressively, which means that it may take a while for them to appear as an update on some computers. It rarely takes more than a day, and more considering that in Linux it adds the official repository at the same time that we install the browser.
The next version will already be a Chrome 80 which is currently in beta and that you can test by downloading it from here!.