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The new version of the browser is available for computers with macOS, Windows and Linux systems, and the update is being released gradually.
Chrome 79: new version focuses on security and warns about leaked passwords Photo: Melissa Cruz / TechTudo
Find out if your password has been leaked on the web
The biggest highlight of Chrome 79 is the feature that alerts you if your password is in a database that has already been the target of leaks. The tool appeared in February in the form of the extensive Password Checkup and, with the update, was definitely integrated into the browser.
Using a technique that involves multiple layers of encryption, Google is able to compare usernames to broken passwords without revealing account details. You can control the new function in the "Google and Sync Services" section, located in the settings menu.
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Chrome 79 has enhanced Safe Browsing technology, which detects infected links while browsing. Until then, Google updated the list of malicious web sites every 30 minutes, but the company found that fraudsters quickly changed domains or were able to hide from crawlers. With the new protection, which updates the list in real time, Google expects a 30% increase in phishing alerts.
Another novelty that comes to version 79 is the automatic freezing of tabs. With the feature, Chrome pauses the activity of tabs that are in the background to reduce the consumption of RAM. While it is "frozen", the page will not use the CPU to synchronize, load ads or do any other work.
The update also brought improvements to Chrome profiles. Now, whoever shares the browser with others can see more clearly what profile is currently being used. The change is intended to ensure that passwords are saved to the correct account.
Among the novelties of the update is also the support for virtual reality and augmented reality, in addition to blocking the so-called "mixed contents". the case, for example, of sites developed with the HTTPS protocol, but which carry elements such as scripts, images or videos over an unencrypted HTTP connection. With the update, Chrome will stop loading this type of resource.
Chrome version 79 is available for download via Over-the-Air updates for Windows and macOS users. It is also possible to install the update from the browser settings, in the "About Google Chrome" option.
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