The search engine giant has recently upgraded its Android application, and it is a huge leap in security. Although other features have also been improved, the focus has been mainly on Site Isolation.
For those who have never heard about Site Isolation before, it is suffice to know that it protects information from malicious third party application you are vulnerable to fall prey while web surfing. It will also prevent suspicious websites form corrupting others. You might have known about the infamous side-channel attack named Spectre which exploits the vulnerabilities in the computer microprocessor. This new update is an excellent antidote to it.
The new update works by isolating your browsed webpage from the rest of search. Such browsing in an isolated environment protects sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands.
You don’t believe my words, let us see what the company itself has said about it.
Google explained: “This protects sites with sensitive data that users likely care about, such as banks or shopping sites, while allowing process sharing among less critical sites.”
Google updated its desktop application last year, and it worked on all the sites. While the same isn’t true for this recent update in the Android version. It is exclusive. The company added, “Site Isolation is turned on only for high-value sites where users log in with a password.”
This feature will already be activated on Chrome version 77, so most users, unbeknownst to the fact, might be already using it.
The Chrome version 78 is expected to launch next month, and it is obviously going to have this update along with other radical improvements.
Nearly all the web browsers take a lot of memory of your phone, and Google is no different. For being a memory tank, it has earned quite a bad name for itself. This latest update is not going to efface that image, as it is set to consume 3% to 5% more than its prior usage. The company, therefore, has to set a definitive parameter, so it excluded all the smartphones with RAM less than 2GB, and Chrome versions preceding the Chrome 77.