Chrome for iOS gets better protections against malicious sites

Enhanced Safe Browsing, the Chrome feature that offers to share website URLs with Google to help it maintain a database of potentially dangerous sites, is coming to the browser’s iOS app, Google announced today in part of a series of browser updates. The feature was previously available on Android and desktop versions of Chrome, but Google is now announcing that it will come to iPhone and iPad with its next iOS release.

Along with the security upgrade, Google says it is also improving the browser’s built-in translation feature on iOS. An updated language identification model will more accurately recognize visiting a site in a different language that needs to be automatically translated for you to understand.

Browser commands can soon be typed into the address bar on iOS.
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There are also some UI changes on the way. Chrome Actions, the feature that lets you access options like clearing browsing data or opening an incognito tab by typing (or speaking) into the browser’s address bar, is rolling out on iOS after being previously available on desktop and Android. Chrome’s start page is updated to prioritize starting a new search or going to frequently visited sites, in addition to showing recent tabs if you haven’t opened the app in a while. some time. Chrome’s settings menu is also getting an overhaul to make it more scannable and to highlight its most frequently accessed options.

Finally, Google also reminds users that Chrome may automatically enter your saved passwords into any app on iOS, not just the browser. The feature appears to have been live since at least October last year, and instructions on how to set it up can be found on this Google support page. We always recommend a standalone password manager like Bitwarden as a complete cross-platform solution, but Chrome’s built-in password manager is still better than trying to remember all your credentials or worse. , to reuse a handful of passwords across the Internet.