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Google Chrome 80 makes web browsing safer and reduces hassle

febrero 5, 2020

Google Chrome 80 it is distributed on Android, macOS, Windows and Linux (on Chrome OS it should arrive, as usual, next week). There are several important innovations at a technical and UI level that will perceptibly change the user experience. Below we list them briefly:

  • Limitation of third-party cookies: has been in production for almost a year. The technical explanation is that in cookies where the SameSite value is not declared, it is automatically set as "Lax" and only works if they come from the same domain as the site you are browsing on. Third-party cookies must use the "None; Secure" value and travel through the HTTPS protocol. In a nutshell, cookies that come from external sites will have to show higher security standards, improving the privacy of the data collected. However, there may be problems in other usage scenarios, so Google is monitoring the evolution of the situation very carefully.
  • More discreet notification request: instead of the pop-up we are used to now, some users will see an animation with a special icon in the address bar, to the left of the favorites symbol. The icon says that by default notifications are disabled, and to click on them if you want to enable them for the site in question. This system will be preferred to the pop-up when the user proves to very rarely grant permission with the pop-up, or when notifications have been enabled by very few users on that particular site. If desired, it can be enabled manually from the settings or with the following flag: chrome: // flags / # quiet-notification-prompts.

  • Safer multimedia content: if most of the web browsing takes place through HTTPS, it still often happens that audio and video content is uploaded via traditional HTTP. Chrome does an automatic upgrade of this operation to HTTPS, and if the content does not load correctly in this way, its playback is blocked. For now, the images are not touched, but Chrome shows the words "Not safe" in the address bar.
  • Card grouping: for now it is distributed to a limited number of users. With the next versions, if all goes well, its availability should expand. Here too, work has been going on for almost a year.
  • Ability to use vector images in SVG in Favicons (the icons of the sites that are shown in the card title, for example)
  • There notification which reports if your credentials have been compromised by information theft now includes up to three sites on which those credentials are used.
  • Goodbye FTP protocol: the user is invited to use a dedicated client.
  • Sites can no longer open a pop-up when you abandon them in favor of another site.

The Chrome update has been in distribution for a few hours and should apply automatically within a couple of days at most. For those who are in a hurry, it is still possible to force the times: on the desktop just open the menu of the three dots at the top right and click on Help> About Google Chrome, while for Android you have to go to the Play Store and look for updates.

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