Google released its Chrome 87 on November 17th, 2020 for stable desktop channels. The new update includes security fixes, performance improvements and various new features.
Users can update to the latest Chrome 87 via Settings -> Help -> About Google Chrome. The browser will check for the update and install it automatically.
Improvement in performance
In addition to this, Google includes Occlusion Tracking. This would help in determining what the tabs that are used so that the browser can allocate the resources to the ones that are using. According to Google, this enhancement will make Chrome “up to 25% faster to start up and 7% faster to load pages, all while using less memory.”
Back/Forward cache feature for Android users
“Back/forward cache (or bfcache) is a browser optimization that enables instant back and forward navigation. It significantly improves the browsing experience for users—especially those with slower networks or devices.”
FTP support disable by default
With the release of Chrome 87, Google has disabled the FTP support by default. So, visiting ftp: // site will do nothing to the browser. Users who want to enable this feature can enable it by using chrome://flags/#enable-ftp.
Fixed security vulnerabilities
The dangerous Slipstream attack, discovered by Samy Kamkar, allows attackers to bypass NAT and access any TCP/UDP port on a victim’s computer has been fixed with the Chrome 87 release.
Samy explained about the attack in a website; “NAT Slipstreaming allows an attacker to remotely access any TCP/UDP service bound to a victim machine, bypassing the victim’s NAT/firewall (arbitrary firewall pinhole control), just by the victim visiting a website.”
Google has not published other security vulnerabilities fixed, at now.