Chrome 86 now warns its users if their passwords have been hacked directly on their smartphone. On Android and iOS, the latest update to Google's browser indeed includes Password Checkup, a tool capable of checking whether your credentials have not been collected by hackers. We take stock of the new features of this 86th version.
Google has just launched Chrome 86 deployment on Windows, macOS, Linux, ChromeOS, Android, and iOS. This new version of the web browser offers several new features on the computer. First of all, Chrome 86 blocks downloads of ZIP, RAR, or IOS files from an HTTP address.
Similarly, Chrome 86 displays a pop-up warning when a user is about to complete a form submitted with HTTP. Google believes that forms that are not in HTTPS endanger user data. Finally, Google has reduced the resources monopolized by Chrome. With Chrome 86, the browser puts pages or tabs placed in the background to sleep. This option reduces the use of your PC processor resources.
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Chrome 86 on Android and iOS is catching up
For once, Google has nevertheless reserved most of the new features for the Android and iOS versions of its browser. As has been the case on Windows, macOS, Linux and ChromeOS for several months, Chrome 86 on smartphones is now able to make sure your passwords have not been compromised. In concrete terms, the browser's Password Checkup compares an encrypted copy of your usernames and passwords to a database containing compromised data. If your password has been hacked, Google will advise you to change it on all the platforms where it is used.
On Android, Google also offers a new version of Safe Browsing, an option capable of identifying fraudulent and malicious websites and alerting you if you visit a phishing page. More efficient, this iteration compares the URLs you visit with Google's databases in real time. With this new iteration, Google claims to have noticed a "20% decrease in the number of users entering their passwords on phishing sites".
On iOS, Chrome now allows iPhone or iPad users to automatically fill out an online form with Face ID, Apple's 3D facial recognition, or Touch ID, the fingerprint reader. What do you think of what's new in Chrome? We await your opinion in the comments below.