Chrome 56: Enhanced Security, Lower Power Usage, Speedy Reloads & More


Google rolled out the Chrome 56, and there is a lot that this update brings onboard. Along with a bunch of security enhancements, the update also brings in other improvements regarding power consumption and overall performance.

For starters, Chrome will now notify or perhaps warn the users whenever a website puts forward a request for passwords and other lethal info using unsecured connection and non-HTTPS. Also, the Chrome 56 is the first version of the browser that sets HTML5 as the default standard for users. It blocks Flash content automatically.

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Chrome 56

Google has also thrown in support for the HTTPS-secure Web Bluetooth API, which allows websites to connect to devices such as Printers that use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It also makes the web experience more interactive and upbeat. Talking about security, Google has rolled out 51 additional security fixes to make Chrome more reliable.

On its blog, Google says:

"The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 56 to the stable channel - 56.0.2924.76 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks."

As per the blog post by Google, the latest Chrome 56 also makes changes regarding performance. It will load web pages 28 percent faster and bring up search results in 60 percent fewer authentication requests. Over a period, Chrome users have been facing issues with the loading speed of web pages on the browser; Google seems to be paying heed to all the complaints and has fixed the issue with Chrome 56. The new update enhances the usage of cached resources that will allow the browser to consume lesser power and load content without delay.

To tackle data usage by various tabs opened in Chrome, Google has come up with Browser Timer feature that keeps a check on tabs and their background data consumption. The new feature makes sure that tabs do not cross the allowed run-time, unless they are playing media.

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Besides, for the first time, Google also brings built-in Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) support that allows high-quality audio rendition in lesser file size, similar to ZIP format. Users will be able to listen FLAC format audio within the browser.

Google has been keeping an eye on the security aspects of Chrome. Following the adjustments, it will now show "not-secure" in the address bar for payment pages using HTTP instead of secure HTTPS. With the rise of dangerous malware and phishing attacks, Google must keep security first for Chrome and its other products.