Google adds the latest version to its Chrome beta channel – version 70. Chrome v69 was a major update that greatly changed the interface of both desktop and mobile versions. Chrome v70, which is still in beta, may not be that big of an update, but it surely has a few important improvements – specifically for cybersecurity.
Most importantly, in Chrome v70, Google enables the Web Authentication API in both desktop and Android by default. This allows users to secure sites and other browsing channels with mechanisms other than usernames and passwords – which includes authentication via Bluetooth key, fingerprint etc.
In spite of the many different ways web apps can scan barcodes and recognize faces, Google is reportedly adding its own Shape Detection API in the new Chrome design. It can detect three types of objects in images – faces, barcodes, and text. However, it would require the host operating system (Android, macOS, or Windows) to have the proper object detection APIs installed. Windows 10 sadly supports only face and text detection, and this may hinder the feature’s widespread use.
Firefox, CloudFlare, and others added support for version 1.3 of TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol in their recent versions, and now Google decides to inject this missed update in Chrome 70. It improves both efficiency and security for transactions over the internet.
Web Pages will exit full-screen mode when dialog boxes or pop-ups appear prompting users for sensitive information or action. Web Bluetooth support is also coming to Windows 10 with the new Chrome update.