New Update Chrome is getting a new look on the desktop soon as part of its 15th anniversary

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Chrome officially launched in beta form on September 2, 2008, for Windows XP. Since then, Google's web browser has become the most popular one to access by far. It currently commands well over 60 percent of all web browser users worldwide, according to StatCounter.

Today, Google is announcing some big changes coming soon to Chrome for desktop users to help celebrate its 15th anniversary. In a blog post, the company revealed a new design for Chrome that will roll out in the coming weeks.

Google stated:

Based on our Material You design language, we’ve refreshed Chrome’s icons with a focus on legibility and created new color palettes that better complement your tabs and toolbar. These new themes and distinct colors can help you distinguish between profiles, like your work and personal accounts, at a glance. We’ve also better integrated with operating systems so your Chrome preferences can easily adapt to OS-level settings, like dark and light modes.

The new design will also come with a new menu on the top right side of the browser, that Google says will offer fast access to things like its password manager, Google translate, and extensions.

Speaking of which, the Chrome store is also getting its own makeover so users can discover and download new extensions for the browser. The public preview is now live. Google has also expanded the use of its Safety Check features on Chrome to cover extensions as well.

Google is also making improvements to its Safe Web Browsing feature in Chrome so users can surf the net without having to worry about encountering malicious sites. It stated:

To block these dangerous sites the moment they launch, we’re upgrading Safe Browsing so it will now check sites against Google’s known-bad sites in real time. By shortening the time between identification and prevention of threats, we expect to see 25% improved protection from malware and phishing threats. This update will roll out to Chrome in the coming weeks.

Finally, new search features are being added to Chrome. That includes a new Google Search side-pane option where users can check out things like related searches and more.
 

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To block these dangerous sites the moment they launch, we’re upgrading Safe Browsing so it will now check sites against Google’s known-bad sites in real time. By shortening the time between identification and prevention of threats, we expect to see 25% improved protection from malware and phishing threats. This update will roll out to Chrome in the coming weeks

This one is interesting, the new look is kinda underwhelming :unsure:
 

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Google enables real time checks in Chrome's Safe Browsing security feature
Soon, Chrome will switch to real time checks. Google notes that cyber criminals have become more sophisticated. About 60% of phishing domains, for example, exist for only 10 minutes according to Google.

The old update interval is too slow to protect users against these fast attack threats. Google estimates that the switching to real time checks will improve protections against malware and phishing by 25%.

The update will roll out in the next couple of weeks to the entire Chrome population.

Third-party browsers that use Safe Browsing​

Chrome is not the only web browser that uses Safe Browsing. Many Chrome browsers do as well, and so does Mozilla's Firefox web browser. The change may affect some browsers, especially those that download the lists frequently, but it is unclear at this point.

Some browsers, like Brave Browser, proxy requests to Google Safe Browsing to protect the IP addresses of their users.

We asked Mozilla and Brave Software for statements regarding the change and will update the article once we have received replies.
 

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