Google Chrome Major Update 79 – Best New Features

How’s it going guys, I’m ThioJoe, and
if you didn’t know already, the latest major update to Google Chrome has been released,
which is version 79. And there’s a good amount of cool changes
we can talk about so you can know what’s new. Google usually releases major Chrome updates
every couple months, so let me know if you like this video and I’ll see about making
more videos like this in the future the next time a big update comes around. As usual before we jump in, be sure to follow
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I make new videos twice a week, and enable notifications with the bell if you don’t
want to rely on the YouTube algorithm to actually tell you about when I upload. Alright so the first big new feature is Automatic
Tab Freezing. This is meant to improve Chrome’s usage
of system resources, such as the CPU and battery power. Basically, it makes it so when you have several
tabs open, if there’s a tab that has been in the background not in use for over 5 minutes
by default, it will “freeze” that tab so it won’t use any CPU power or be able
to perform actions in the background. The website contents still remain in the system
memory, so it’s not like the tab gets killed, just frozen. This is different from an existing Chrome
feature called “Tab Discarding” which was added in 2015. In that case, if the system is low on memory,
Chrome will actually take the tab out of system memory and put it on the hard drive to free
up RAM, until it gets used again and it’s moved back into memory. So this new update is a good middle ground
just to prevent stuff running in the background, but it’s still makes the contents readily
accessible to no delay the next time you click on that tab. Next up we have a couple new features all
having to do with better password protections. One example is Chrome will check if passwords
you enter into some sites have been compromised and exist in stolen online databases. If that is the case, you’ll see a kind of
pop up that will warn you that your password is out there, and will recommend a password
checkup if you have other passwords stored in your Google account, or at least to change
that password. This is basically the same technology as a
Chrome extension released by Google earlier this year called “Password Checkup” which
does the same thing. So now it’s just built in, which is good
and should alert people who otherwise would have had no idea. As a side note, a great website you can use
is one called “” where you put in your email, and it will tell you
whenever your email and login credentials show up in a new stolen database released
online. It’s really important these days because
new hacks are happening all the time. Also Chrome improved anti-phishing technology
so it’s a lot more likely to detect and warn you about phishing sites. Google has always compiled a massive list
of phishing sites, and apparently is able to detect them within just 30 minutes of them
going online. But these sites are tricky and can use methods
to instantly change their domains and other techniques where even 30 minutes might be
too slow. So in this new version of Chrome, there’s
a real time phishing detection feature, which can sometimes even detect phishing sites that
are not yet in Google’s database. It’s not perfect, and they say it will be
able to detect about 30% of sites, which might not sound like a lot, but remember it’s
just for sites that are less than 30 minutes old, which are unlikely you’ll come across
anyway, and Google will surely improve this over time. Ok the next feature is one I’m really excited
about, which is DNS over HTTPS, and specifically Chrome will be enabling this by default for
a small percentage of users who are using a DNS provider that supports it. If you don’t know what DNS Over HTTPS is,
I don’t want to spend too much explaining it in this video, but it simply encrypts your
DNS requests, which is how your computer translates any URL you want to access into the IP address
your computer uses. You probably already know about HTTPS, which
is just when you encrypt the connection between a website and your computer, so no one can
snoop in on the contents of the website you’re viewing, or take any passwords or anything
you send to it. But until recently, there hasn’t been a
way to secure DNS requests, so if you were on public WiFi or school network for example,
DNS requests could be monitored or even intercepted and redirected. This is how a lot of web filters work. But if the connection to the DNS server is
encrypted, it can’t be snooped in on, and can’t be changed or redirected. So anyway, how can you use this yourself? First you have to actually be using a DNS
provider that supports encrypted DNS. Two examples are Google’s DNS servers at, or Cloudflare’s DNS at and cloudflare’s really the one I’d recommend,
that’s the one I use. You’ll have to look up how to set these
yourself, but you can just Google “how to change your DNS” and you shouldn’t have
much trouble. Then in Chrome 79 you can activate the feature
by going to the Chrome://flags menu, and search “DNS” and look for the option called “Secure
DNS Lookups” and just enable that. If you use Cloudflare’s DNS, you can make
sure it works using their test page, and it will show a check next to Secured DNS so you’ll
know. So it’s really nice this kind of security
is finally becoming so easy to use. Alright moving on, we have some cool new clipboard
features. Specifically, you can now sync and move copied
clipboard text between desktop and android devices with Chrome. You have to be logged into Chrome on both
devices, but once you do you can highlight text on your desktop for example, and then
get the option to “Copy to” whatever device name. It can also be done the other way around from
Android to Desktop. If for whatever reason it’s not working,
try going into the chrome://flags menu and search “clipboard” and just enable the
three settings you see here. In any case, this should make it much easier
the next time you want to look at something on your phone or the other way around, without
having to email yourself or something. Ok finally there’s a couple behind the scenes
updates that are worth mentioning. First is that older versions of the encryption
protocol TLS are being deprecated. Specifically this means TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.0,
which are no longer secure and really old, but nearly all websites have upgraded anyway. If you do come across a site using these,
Chrome will now warn you that the connection is not secure even though it’s technically
encrypted, because it’s very weak encryption. And in a later major version of Chrome, these
sites will likely be blocked altogether from being viewed, to really pressure websites
to update. But again this should be really rare. Ok finally Chrome 79 will get a new API called
WebXR for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality features on websites. Since it’s new there isn’t something you’ll
come across really at all yet, but it will allow websites to possibly create web apps
that will work with virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift, Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,
and others. So for example off the top of my head, in
the future you might be able to open Google maps, and send the street view to your VR
headset and then look around in VR, Stuff like that. Should be pretty cool to see what websites
do with it. Alright so those are the biggest changes to
Chrome 79, let me know what you guys think. Before you click to another video though,
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too. But yea thanks for watching this long. If you want to keep watching the next video
I’d recommend talks about the different Google Chrome “Update Channels” like the
Beta, Developer, and even Canary versions of Chrome. If you have no idea what I’m talking about,
you should find it pretty interesting. So that link will just be here on the right
side to click on. Again thanks for watching, and I’ll see
you in the next video.


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