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Google Chrome is the popular browser on the planet, and the search giant is always looking for ways to add features and improve security across the board. The latest new feature being introduced to Chrome is an expansion of the existing Guest mode. It’s called "Default to Guest" mode and is primarily aimed at power users. Default to Guest mode provides what Google describes as a "stateless browsing experience from session to session" that is enabled every time you open a browser session, rather than you having to select "Guest" from the profile icon in the UI. Once you close out your browsing session, all of your cookies, site data, and browsing history are automatically deleted. This mode... Read more...
Google noted this week that it had patched a zero-day bug inside the Chrome browser that had to do with its V8 JavaScript engine. The V8 JavaScript Engine is open-source, and the flaw in Chrome impacted the versions of the browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux. The bug is tracked as CVE-2020-6418, and it has a severity rating of high. Google noted that the flaw impacts versions of Chrome that were released before 80.0.3987.122. Technical details of the bug are being withheld until the flaw has been fully patched, according to Google. ThreatPost, however, says that memory corruption vulnerabilities happen when memory is altered without explicit data assignments, triggering programming errors.... Read more...
Google Chrome may be the most popular browser out there, but Windows 10 users know that it can be a resource hog. This lack of regard for efficiency is particularly evident when running Chrome on a Windows 10 notebook that is on battery power. Microsoft may have a solution that will end the power and resource-hogging that Chrome is known for. Last summer, Microsoft noted that it may be possible to reduce Chrome's battery use by eliminating the unnecessary disk caching when watching videos. The caching of video during playback keeps the disk in an active state and consumes power. Microsoft has a second commit that shows it plans to add a check to verify if the device is running on battery. The... Read more...
Microsoft is nearly ready to pull the plug on Windows 7; at least for general consumers. Starting next week, January 14thto be exact, Microsoft will end extended support for the operating system after more than a decade on the market. As you might expect, instead of diverting resources to keep Windows 7 operational, Microsoft would rather you upgrade to its newer Windows 10 operating system. With that being said, some software developers won't be so quick to part ways with Windows 7 compatibility, and one of those companies is none other than Google. Google Chrome is the most popular web browser around the globe, and a great number of Windows 7 users have it installed on their systems. While... Read more...
Google Chrome has been focused on speed since the very beginning, with the browser aiming to open and load pages as fast as possible. Google now wants to let users know when a web page they are trying to visit typically loads slowly and at the same time, wants to reward sites that deliver fast experiences. In the future, Chrome may identify sites that usually load fast or slow with clear badges. The Chromium blog notes that the identification may take several forms and that it plans to experiment with different options to determine which gives the most value to users. Badging will identify sites that are designed in a way that makes them generally slow by looking at historical load latencies.... Read more...
What do Hollywood, Apple users, and Google Chrome share in common? A wave of unbootable MacBooks and Mac Pros. A Google Keystone update was able to damage certain Mac files and shut the affected devices down unexpectedly. This past week, several Hollywood film editors reported that their Mac devices were unable to reboot. Affected Apple users included the video editing team of ABC’s Modern Family. Many of these film editors use Avid Media Composer software and initially believed that a software bug or virus was to blame. Google later confessed that a Chrome update was the real culprit. Google Keystone Bug Most Mac devices include “SIP” or “system integrity protection”.... Read more...
Google continues its steady march forward with the advancement of the world's most popular web browser: Chrome. The company this week launched the latest release with Chrome 77. Chrome 77 is available for all major computing platforms including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS. One of the biggest features is the addition of tab sharing, which will allow you to send pages to multiple devices. While you have the ability to browse open tabs on your other signed-in devices, this new feature makes it a bit easier to send over tabs if you want to switch from your desktop to say, your tablet for lounging on the sofa. The feature can be invoked by clicking/tapping on the menu button and selecting... Read more...
Google has announced that its strongest level of protection for personal Google Accounts is now available for Chrome. The Advanced Protection Program is aimed at anyone at risk of targeted attacks, including journalists, activists, politicians, and business leaders. Google notes that it has an evolving list of security offerings to protect users across the different ways an attacker can try and gain access to their accounts and data. Advanced Protection users who have turned on Sync in Chrome will automatically receive strong protections against risky downloads across the web. On Chrome, users get protection from things like malware-ridden files. Google notes that Advanced Protection users already... Read more...
Google's Chrome browser has for a long time incorporated an Incognito Mode that aims to deliver web surfers more privacy when they are cruising the internet. The problem is that the feature doesn't prevent sites from detecting people who are using Incognito Mode. Google is now saying that later this month, Chrome will plug a loophole that has allowed sites to identify people in Incognito Mode. Google notes that this change will affect some publishers who have used the loophole to deter metered paywall circumvention. Google says that it wants users to be able to access the web privately no matter their reasons for doing so. There are a myriad of reasons why people might want to keep their... Read more...
Google has rolled out its newest version of its Chrome internet browser, which is now up to Chrome 75 (Build Chrome 75.0.3770.80). You can either wait for the browser to automatically update on its own, if you can force an update by going to Settings -> Help -> About Google Chrome. There are a few new features that have been introduced for the Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Chrome 75 including a new Reader Mode. The feature isn't enabled by default and must be enabled using Chrome's experimental flags. To enable it, you'll need to plug the following text into the URL bar: chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode  You'll then see an option to Enable Reader Mode, which will require... Read more...
Windows users who often work in a dark room know that the standard white or brightly colored screens that are used by default can be eye-searing. To fix this issue, some popular apps are starting to roll out with Dark Mode support to tone things down a bit. Dark mode for Chrome on Windows 10 was confirmed as coming in January. Google has now released Chrome 74 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android users. The biggest thing in any of those releases is that Dark Mode has now landed for Windows users. Mac users received support for Dark Mode with Chrome 73 that launched last month. Google decided to offer no direct method for Windows users to enable this mode as there is no option in Chrome... Read more...
Website and database breaches are becoming a more frequent occurrence these days, which is why it has become even more imperative for users to take stock in the passwords they use [and reuse] on multiple websites. In order to add an extra layer of protection and to prompt users to change passwords that may have been compromised with previous breaches, Google has announced the availability of its Password Checkup extension for the Chrome web browser. To put it simply, whenever you input your username and password to sign-on on to a website, the Password Checkup extension will automatically compare those entries to a database that contains over 4 billion compromised credentials.... Read more...
If you have been using Google's Chrome browser lately, you have probably noticed that the company has been pushing out an updated user interface that features a mobile-centric design focus. This interface was first pushed out in September, but it was an optional feature up until Chrome 71, which was released this month and forces you to use the new UI. It appears, however, that many users are unhappy with the new interface. Many of the arguments against Chrome have been voiced on Reddit, where users have complained that the new interface is too lightly colored, and many have also commented that it's too difficult now to tell which tab you are currently looking at. Other comments have said common... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to have been the case when Microsoft officially announced earlier this month that it would be abandoning its own EdgeHTML rendering engine used for the Edge browser in favor or Google's Chromium. At the time, Microsoft said that this move was an effort to "create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers." However, according to a Hacker News post by Joshua Bakita, who served as an intern on Edge team, Microsoft was basically left with no choice but to join the Google fold. If his accounts are accurate, it seems as though Google was actively looking for ways to thwart competing... Read more...
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