Chrome 79 is now available for download on Windows, Mac, and Linux. This new iteration has a lot of new features, including advanced phishing protection and an option to (finally) save the RAM of your computer.
A few weeks after the deployment of Chrome 78, Google announces the arrival of Chrome 79 in a blog post. At first, the Mountain View company has corrected 51 security flaws identified in its web browser.
In recent months, an extension that allows you to install Password Checkup on Chrome has been installed. This tool scans the credentials and passwords stored in your Google Account. If your password has been compromised, you will be notified. This security system is now fully integrated into the web browser via the Safe Browsing Protection Pack.
Google takes the opportunity to improve the functioning of this protection against phishing. Now the browser can warn you in real-time if a phishing site is trying to grab your credentials or infect you with malware.
Chrome will finally consume less RAM
Chrome 79 is especially distinguished by a feature called “tab freezing”. The option will prevent all tabs that have remained in the background for more than 5 minutes from performing any task. Not surprisingly, this precaution saves the RAM and the battery of your PC. Google specifies that this option is disabled for tabs that broadcast videos or music.
That’s not all. Google also takes the opportunity to add an experimental shared clipboard to Chrome. The option makes it easy to share text from an Android smartphone to your computer. For that, it is enough that both devices are connected to the same Google account. Unfortunately, this feature is not yet deployed to all users. Google is obviously doing a final test before the deployment in the final version.
The desktop version of Chrome is now available for download on Windows, Chrome, Mac, and Linux directly from the Google website. The Android and iOS versions should be updated in the coming days.