Google has just released Chrome 90, bringing a privacy update that automatically adds HTTPS to a URL.
Chrome engineers spotted HTTPS in February, and Google is testing it in previews of Chrome 90 on Canary and Beta channels. Additionally, Chrome 90 blocks downloads from HTTP sources if the page URL is HTTPS.
Google explained in a post last month that the HTTPS default will help when users type "example.com" instead of "https://example.com". Chrome used to use http:// as the default protocol, but is now the default in https://.
It should also speed up page loads, as Chrome connects directly to the HTTPS endpoint without having to be redirected by http:// into a https://.
Chrome 90 also brings the first "on / off" controls to Google's Privacy Sandbox, which includes as part of its design the controversial replacement of Google's FLoC ID for third-party cookies that have disabled competing browsers Brave and Vivaldi.
In addition to these updates, Chrome 90 includes 37 security fixes. External investigators reported six high-severity issues, 10 moderate-severity defects and three low-severity defects.
This version of Chrome also comes with the AV1 encoder with better support for WebRTC video conferencing applications such as Duo, Meet and Webex. Google notes that the AV1 offers better screen sharing capabilities than VP9 and other encoders.
Source of information: zdnet.com