HTTPS-related improvements aren’t the only improvements coming soon to Chrome. On Tuesday, Google detailed a handful of smaller changes it plans to launch in Chrome on Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS in the coming weeks.
For starters, the company says it makes it easier to track individual site permissions. By tapping the lock icon in the address bar (pictured above), you can see if you’ve granted access to the website for your location, microphone, camera, and other sensitive information, and easily change those on and off. In the coming weeks, Google also plans to add an option here that will allow you to delete a web page from your browsing history. Google says these updated site controls will first be rolled out in Chrome on Android phones and tablets before making its way to other platforms later.
The company is also introducing new Chrome Shares. First introduced last year, there are commands you can type in the address bar to quickly access a function. For example, you could type “clear history” to clear your browsing data. A new “security check” command will tell Chrome to check your passwords, as well as to scan for malicious extensions. Chrome will also allow you to quickly type in “manage security settings” and “manage synchronization” to access the relevant controls mentioned in these commands.
Rounding things out, Google has updated Chrome’s Site Isolation feature to cover a wider range of websites and extensions. Phishing protection is also improved, Google claiming it is 50 times faster and uses less battery life. As mentioned above, you won’t have to wait long to try out these latest features, with Google promising to launch them in the coming weeks.
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