Just six weeks after Google's browser version 61 was rolled out, version 62 followed in mid-October. The question of whether major changes have been made compared to the previous version must be answered with "maybe". The adaptations are not fundamental, but they are significant. Admins and webmasters in particular should take a closer look.
Security is Google's poster child. It is therefore not surprising that this area has been addressed again. After displaying warnings when entering sensitive data since the beginning of the year, this measure will be tightened towards the end of the year. From now on, a warning is issued with the not-secure icon when entering any data on unencrypted pages in the browser bar. What has already been implemented in incognito mode, will in all likelihood will become the standard in the medium term: the warning of all pages that do not use SSL encryption – regardless of wether or not data is entered in an online form. The implementation in incognito mode is justified by the notion that incognito surfers per se place increased emphasis on privacy and security. Regardless of SSL, browser version 62 also increases security in another area: 35 security gaps were closed, 13 of which were classified as "high".
Webmasters and web developers are particularly looking forward to the new support of the OpenType variable fonts. From now on, fonts can be adapted to different designs and can therefore be displayed better by the browser. The network information API has also been adjusted: the API now delivers more data and measures the connection speed of the user with the aim of adapting page content to the user's setup. The collected data can be applied in such a way, that videos and photos are kept from loading, until the user has a sufficiently fast and stable Internet connection. PageMetriX also uses these and other data to help optimize the website. Windows users in particular benefit from Google's cooperation with IT security manufacturer ESET. The resulting "cleanup" localizes potential threats in the form of toolbars, extensions and malware and removes them at the user's request. While this equips browser version 62 with functions similar to those of a virus scanner, it's far from replacing them.
By the way: Resourceful users that help discover browser vulnerabilities are rewarded by Google. Google rewards discoveries of yet unknown vulnerabilities with up to US$ 8,837. It is worth taking a closer look – not just for the sake of the community.