Last year, Google Chrome promised that it would add new features to protect users from insecure downloads, and it plans to deliver on the promise in April 2020.
With online threats not only growing in number but also becoming more and more sophisticated, Google Chrome decided to take the next step in protecting its users from insecure content. Last year, the popular Google-owned browser promised that it would introduce new measures that would protect users from downloads not encrypted via HTTPS.
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Now, the company is getting ready to make good on its promise by preparing a new version of Chrome, known as Chrome 82. According to what is known, the new version of the browser is set to launch in April 2020, and it will be the first version that will issue a warning each time when a user attempts to download an insecure file type from an unprotected website.
However, this is only the first step, as future versions of Chrome will allegedly block such downloads entirely.
As mentioned, this original version will only warn users when they are downloading .exe files and alike, especially since such files are the riskiest and the most likely to be infected with malware. In the future releases, the warnings will also be triggered by images, texts, and archives, and by the end of 2020, Chrome is likely to eliminate warnings completely and just block downloading of the content it deems insecure, on its own.
The new security features will also not only arrive at PC but to mobile Chrome, as well. However, according to what is known, mobile browsers will always remain one version behind the desktop version. Chromium’s blog post already stated that apps typically have better protection from malicious downloads, and the developers believe that their focus is needed for securing desktop version properly.
What all of this means is that there will be quite a few updates to Chrome in months to come, and there is bound to be numerous annoying pop-ups that will warn users about supposedly unsafe files. However, the security of browsing is likely to increase, and less tech-savvy users will finally be safer during their browsing sessions.
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