Google launches updates for Chrome 80: Upgrades security, new notifications prompt, and more control for the user

After Mac, Windows, and Linux, Google is finally launching the Chrome 80 for Android users. According to the search giant, the development process for Chrome 80 was in the works since 2019 and will now gradually be available for the public.

The prime motive of the Chrome 80 was to enhance the security protocols of the browser. We are all aware of how bad actors can exploit browser cookies for their advantage. However, the new system in Chrome 80 will integrate a secure cookie classification system that would work by default.

Up until now, developers had the option to use the ‘SameSite’ attribute that enabled the browsers to access cookies when their URL matched with the one mentioned in the address bar or when the website used ‘safe HTTP methods.’ They were also allowed to automatically track the users across sites.

However, Chrome 80 would make some modifications to the previous protocol and enforce the developers to indicate their SameSite cookies attribute. In case the developer fails to follow the guidelines, Google would automatically change its settings to a more secure option. This would significantly affect products and services that require cross-site trackings such as affiliate programs and widgets.

Other changes in the new Chrome 80

Quieter notifications prompt is another update that the users can expect to see in the new Chrome 80. Visits to the new site often (if not always) open a tab asking the user to either allow or block the notifications from the specific website. Since most users usually block the request, Chrome 80 will automatically disable them on their behalf with a ‘notification blocked’ prompt at the bottom of the screen.

The user can, however, enable the notification as per their preference by going to Settings > Site Settings > Notifications under ‘Use quieter messaging.’

These days most browsing occurs over HTTPs. Nevertheless, some websites fail to load sub-resources, such as images, audio, and video over the HTTPs. The Chrome 80 update will automatically upgrade the insecure resources, meaning insecure content on secure pages will be upgraded automatically to secure connections.

Chrome 80 will also add support for SVG format in favicons that will assist websites and apps in reducing the overall resource size.

Google is slowly rolling out the update to a limited internet audience and will roll out fully after evaluating the feedback.

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