- Google launched Chrome 90 which uses HTTPS protocol instead of HTTP.
- This should bring more safety and a speedier browsing experience.
- The HTTP protocol will still be used in some situations until the entire web makes the switch.
- With the new release, Google also fixes some browser vulnerabilities, including a zero-day exploit.
Google launched the stable version of Chrome 90, which, as expected, uses HTTPS a the default protocol for URLs that don’t contain one.
This safer browsing protocol has been undergoing tests for the past weeks and will be rolling out gradually to all users.
HTTPS means more speed and security
Google promises that switching from HTTP to HTTPS will see significant improvements in terms of security and loading speeds for sites already using the HTTPS protocol.
What will happen after the upgrade is that Chrome’s address bar will use https:// by default, whereas previously it used http://. The latter protocol will still be used in some cases, Google explained.
For sites that don’t yet support HTTPS, Chrome will fall back to HTTP when the HTTPS attempt fails (including when there are certificate errors, such as name mismatch or untrusted self-signed certificate, or connection errors, such as DNS resolution failure).
The stable version of Chrome 90 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as for Android; for iOS, the upgraded browser should be released soon.
Those wishing to get Chrome 90 can go to the Chrome menu > Help > About Google Chrome. The updating process will begin; a browser restart is necessary to get the updates in place.
Along with this release, Chrome includes 37 security fixes, including a zero-day exploit revealed on Monday by security researcher Rajvardhan Agarwal. The researcher, however, mentioned on Twitter that the exploit has been indeed corrected, yet the latest browser version is still affected.
It’s expected that Google will take into consideration these details as well and release a patch as soon as possible.
The latest Chrome 90 also includes an AV1 encoder for more performance in videoconferencing software using WebRTC, as well as new APIs and developer trials.
Go on and upgrade your Chrome and tell us if you feel the difference in performance when browsing. Comments are welcome in the section below.