Chrome 86 is another big upgrade from Google that has been released on October 6, 2020. Besides the usual under-the-hood improvements, Google Chrome 86 helps you quickly change vulnerable passwords and protects you from websites wasting your CPU resources (and battery power) in the background.
Reset Vulnerable Passwords More Easily
Google Chrome can check whether your passwords are compromised and warn you about it. Starting with Chrome 86, there’s now a quick “Change Password” button in Chrome’s password manager that will help you changed those leaked passwords. It will take you directly to the website’s password reset page, taking a lot of legwork out of the process.
This feature is only available for websites that support the “well-known URL for changing passwords” format, which was introduced by Apple in Safari. Many websites have since adopted the feature.
Background Tab Throttling
Originally scheduled to be included in Chrome 85, Background Tab Throttling is available in Chrome 86. Tabs that are open in the background get throttled to a maximum of 1% CPU time after they’ve been inactive for five minutes or more.
Tabs are allowed to “wake up” once per minute while in the background. The feature will hopefully improve performance when you have a lot of tabs open at the same time. Google is constantly working to limit CPU usage from open tabs.
Warn Users of Insecure Forms on HTTPS Pages
Secure HTTPS encryption is widely used nowadays, but less secure HTTP content still appears on secure pages across the internet. Chrome 86 will begin warning you when you are about to enter information into an insecure site.
Previously, Chrome displayed a lock icon in your address bar when you were on an HTTPS site. HTTPS sites that used HTTP forms would not display the lock icon, but Google decided this was an unclear way of displaying the warning. Chrome will now display a much more prominent “This form is not secure” message with red text underneath form fields.
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