The new big Google Chrome update will offer safer online payments

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Making sure you stay safe online when shopping should be a lot easier thanks to a new update coming to Google Chrome (opens in new tab).

The company has revealed that the next build of its web browser will offer an upgraded security system when it comes to managing online payments (opens in new tab).

Google Chrome 95, which is in beta now, will include a new 'payment' extension to the browser's Web Authentication API, meaning that a bank or other institution will also need to certify the transaction is legitimate.

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The Google Chrome team say this new feature is important as it allows the merchant extra visibility into who is carrying out a transaction on their site, all certified by the  online checkout via Google Chrome's Payment Request API using the 'secure-payment-confirmation' payment method.

The European Union recently ruled that such practices become a requirement for online merchants across the continent, with a number of other territories set to follow suit.

"This feature enables a consistent, low friction, strong authentication experience using platform authenticators," Google added in a Chromium blog post (opens in new tab) outlining the new features.

"The proposed feature provides a better user experience and stronger security than existing solutions."

Chrome 95 will also include a couple of handy tools and services for developers, including a new self.reportError() function that allows developers to report errors to the console and any global "error" event handlers in the same way as an uncaught JavaScript exception. 

The new release will also completely remove support for FTP URLs, making the browser safer to use for all Chrome customers, following a gradual easing out of the feature. Chrome 95 will now also add support for URLs with non-IPv4 hostnames ending in numbers, and include a new EyeDropper API that makes it easier to create custom color pickers.

Chrome 95 is in beta now, with Google hoping for a full release later this year.

Mike Moore
Deputy Editor, TechRadar Pro

Mike Moore is Deputy Editor at TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers and fellow Future title ITProPortal, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.