HTTPS-related enhancements aren’t the only improvements coming to Chrome soon. On Tuesday, Google detailed several minor refinements it plans to introduce 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 permissions for individual sites. By tapping the padlock icon in the address bar (pictured above), you’ll be able to see if you’ve granted the site access to your location, microphone, camera, and other sensitive information, and easily turn them on and off. In the coming weeks, Google also plans to add an option here that will allow you to delete a webpage from your browsing history. Google says these updated site controls will first be introduced to Chrome on Android phones and tablets before moving to other platforms later.
The company is also introducing new Chrome shares. First introduced last year, these are commands that you can type in the address bar for quick access to the function. For example, you can write “delete history” to delete browsing data. The new “security check” command will tell Chrome to check your passwords as well as scan for malicious extensions. Chrome will soon also allow you to type “security settings management” and “sync management” to access the relevant controls mentioned in these commands.
Rounding things out, Google has updated Chrome Location insulation characteristic to cover a wider range of sites and extensions. Protection against identity theft has also been improved, because Google claims that it is 50 times faster and consumes less batteries. As mentioned above, you won’t have to wait long to try out these latest features, and Google will promise to introduce them in the coming weeks.
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