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Google Chrome Is Adding A Secure Payments Feature To Its Browser, Allowing Users To Authorize All Their Transactions Safely Via A Bank

A new update to Google Chrome will help ensure that users are engaging in safe online transactions.

Online transactions, while being much safer than they initially were, are still a harrowing process to go through, especially when reputable sources and sites aren’t involved. What if the other person keeps your money but doesn’t deliver the intended product, what if the product’s in pieces and can’t be refunded. Paramount amongst all of these features, of course, is the fear that your credit card details might be abused by the company at hand, making you lose money for no reason. Of course, this isn’t a very common scenario to occur. However, with phishing attacks impersonating such transaction sites on the internet, one could still fall prey to their personal information being abused. With the security of its community in mind, Google Chrome’s latest build is set to make online shopping a bit safer.

Chrome 95 is currently under beta testing, which means that its new Payments feature is slowly becoming public news. Payments is essentially a new addition to the browser’s API, enabling all transactions via the browser to be approved by a bank or credit union before going through. To put it very simply, the feature acts as a form of two-factor authentication (2FA) on all transactions made via the Chrome browser. A post made by developers on the Chromium blog goes into further detail on the matter.

Strong authentication is slowly becoming more and more necessary in the modern age. 2FAs are found across nearly every form of social media, email sites, and the like. It only makes sense that we incorporate them into online transactions, since very few things hurt people more than a shot at the wallet does. This isn’t even a personal opinion that this author is sharing. Recently, the European Union has stressed upon the importance of strong authentication of online transactions being tied to the buyer’s bank. Fraud is encountered far too easily, and needs to be stopped at every possible turn.

Other additions to the browser via Chrome 95 include tools and assets that developers can use in their work, such as a self.reportError() function which will allow them to report errors directly to the console. This feature is similar to JavaScript’s uncaught exceptions, and will no doubt prove useful. In other news, an EyeDropper API is being introduced to Chrome as well, in order to help users out with sampling colors on browser applications. Think of the color sampling tool found in Paint, and apply it to any online modality that can support it.

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