As planned, a couple of days ago it launched Chrome 83 for PC (Linux, Mac, Windows) and it is not just any version, but one of the most interesting and complete that the Google browser has received in a long time.
Chrome 83 is also one of the most unusual launches of the browser, and it is that if its previous version was 81, this is 83. However, none of this has any mystery -except for the version jump- and how can you Imagine, everything is forced by the situation that we have had to live with the coronavirus. This is why Google halted development first, reactivating it later with updates focused solely on security patches, and now it unleashes a bunch of new features.
Chrome 83: news on all fronts
Well, while it is true that Chrome 83 is going to release a good list of new features, mainly focused on the interface and usability and on security and privacy, not all of them will arrive at once, but they will do so with successive minor updates. So don’t be surprised if something you see below is not yet within your reach, because it will be soon.
In fact, you may already know some of the news that Chrome 83 brings, because we have been advancing them in recent months. It is the case of new extensions menu, with which to maintain order in the taskbar grouping all the extensions you have installed in one place. It was at the end of the year when we published an article explaining how to activate it, which will soon become obsolete, because Google has decided to ‘graduate’ it for common use.
Another novelty that Chrome 83 presents are the tab groups, through which you can organize your tabs into visually different groups assigning them a color and a label. This is also ahead of time with a tutorial to activate it, although as with the previous function, you can save it because in a short time you will have it available by default.
Beyond these innovations, Chrome 83 brings notable changes in what concerns the security and privacy of the browser. As for example the improved safe browsing, Google’s protection against downloading and malicious websites that are also used by other web browsers. Of course, this implies that the browser will send additional navigation information to Google, hence its activation is optional.
Chrome 83 has also implemented a new security check with which to manually check that everything is correct. Broadly speaking, what this action will verify is that the latest version of the browser is running, that secure browsing is activated, that the user is not using any malicious extension, or that the stored passwords have not been exposed.
The cookie management also better in Chrome 83, facilitating on the one hand the elimination of cookies from a specific site in an additional way – until now it could be done through the padlock menu in the address bar – in the browser settings; and with the introduction of a new option with which block all third-party cookies in private browsing.
To finish, Chrome 83 releases a feature that is becoming quite popular and is already available for example in Windows 10 or Firefox: DNS over HTTPS, a measure with which to enhance the security and privacy of web browsing, which, be careful, will be used default if if your current service provider supports it. Although it can also be manually configured and choose the DNS provider.
In this article on the Chromium blog they explain in detail what DNS consists of HTTPS. Basically it refers to the encryption of the connection between the browser and the DNS provider, although it is obviously somewhat more complex than that. In essence, it brings advantages such as greater security and privacy to the Internet browser and is on the way to becoming a security standard.
So far the juiciest of Chrome 83, not the only thing. There are many changes that are being implemented little by little in the browser, and in fact we repeat that if you are not yet seeing in Chrome all or part of what is exposed here, it is because it will come to you in the next days and weeks.