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Google Chrome adds a new security panel in the Canary build

by AshwinOctober 27, 2015

Google has added a new feature to its Chrome browser in the latest Canary Build.

Google Chrome Canary Security Panel

The Mountain View company has always been adding new security features to Chrome, and the latest addition is also one.

The browser now has a new security panel, which displays the information about the webpage you are on. Google Chrome engineer Ilya Grigorik, announced the news on Google+.

The Security Panel isn’t available in the regular view of the browser. You will have to enable the Developer Tools control panel, to see the new option. You can do so by clicking on Chrome’s menu button > More Tools > Developer Tools. Alternatively you can use the key combo Control + Shift + I to bring up the same window.

Now, click on the double arrow icon to expand the menu and select the “Security” option. The new security panel displays the information of whether the website is secure, its certificate information. And it’s not just that, the panel also shows you if the services the webpage is connected to, is also secure or not. The encryption status of the webpage is displayed as a lock symbol, in the overview.

The Security Panel is an additional layer of information, which may not be of much use to regular users, but provide great value to web developers. The feature is only available in Google Chrome Canary, the channel where the browser is updated everyday. You can download the Canary Build of Chrome, and install it alongside the stable version of the browser. I tested the feature in the latest Canary build, which has the version number 48.0.2547.0.

The current stable version of Chrome is build 46.0, so it may take a few months for the new security panel feature to appear first in the Beta channel, and a few weeks after that, before it rolls out to the Stable channel for the general public.

Speaking of which, Chrome 46 allows you to mute individual tabs. Last week, Google revealed that Chrome will now provide more information about why a website is blocked beyond just marking the page as with the message “The site ahead contains malware”.

It is nice to see that Google is adding some features to Chrome, especially after it recently removed two popular features from the browser. Earlier this month Google announced that it is ending support for the browser’s Desktop Notifications Center. And in the same week the company revealed that the “Ok Google” voice search was also being discontinued, with the reasons for both decisions, apparently being that they don’t have much users.

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