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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...
Last week, Microsoft unwittingly provided a gateway to malicious content via Bing ads within the Microsoft Edge web browser. A malicious ad was being served that was promoting a fake version of the Google Chrome download site. What makes this particular incident so dangerous with the potential to affect millions of people is the fact that one of the first things that many people do when setting up a new computer is to fire up Microsoft Edge (usually for the first and last time) to download Google Chrome or another browser. Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser in the world, and Microsoft Edge has been relegated to also-ran status. In this case, using the search term "Download Chrome"... Read more...
A good dark theme for your computer and other devices is worth its weight in gold to many users. Google is looking to add a little dark magic to Chrome, and its initial rollout will be very limited. Google Chrome users can already download third-party dark themes for the browser right now, but Chrome is getting a native dark mode with a caveat. That caveat is that the native dark mode will work on macOS only. There is speculation that the native dark mode might come to other Chrome users later, but that is unconfirmed for now. Apple will begin supporting a system-wide dark mode with macOS 10.14 Mojave, which is currently in beta and will be released this fall. Support for the dark theme... Read more...
Last week, we brought you news that Microsoft is was testing a new prompt within the latest Windows Insiders builds of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update that would harass users to break free from third-party browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and instead try out the also-ran Microsoft Edge web browser.  However, it appears that Microsoft's little experiment generated much more negative attention than it anticipated from Windows Insiders. The company has decided that based on the feedback it received, it will not be including the warning messages when the final release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update ships next month. The Verge notes that Microsoft "may... Read more...
It's hard to believe, but Google Chrome is now 10 years old. Google first launched the web browser on September 2nd, 2008 and over the past decade it has grown to become the world's most used web browser, conquering both desktop and mobile markets. Google Chrome has expanded its feature set over the years (as well as its penchant for consuming large amounts of memory), and now it's time for another visual overhaul. The latest version of Chrome adheres to Google's Material Design 2 philosophy, which gives the browser a more modern design complete with rounded tabs and a brighter overall look. Icons have been redesigned and animations have been updated as well. While Chrome 69 is... Read more...
Over the past few months, Google has been experimenting with its latest Material Design refresh on its Chrome Canary builds. Google even added support for Material Design in current builds of Chrome 68, but you have to enable it with flags -- it isn't on by default. That will all change with Chrome 69, which is expected to make its debut next month and will have the new look enabled by default. As pointed out by 9to5Google, the release notes for Chrome 69 Enterprise mention the following: Browser interface changes Chrome Browser will have a new design across all operating systems. Highlights include Microsoft Windows 10 notification-center integration, touchpad gesture navigation... Read more...
Google is looking to deliver another speed boost to Google Chrome in the near future, and it's doing so by changing the way that a webpage is loaded in the browser. Google calls this new method for speeding our browsing experience "lazy page loading".  Although it might sound like an oxymoron, lazy loading is anything but "lazy" with respect to speed. With the public channel release of Chrome (and all versions that came before it), the browser will render all elements of a webpage as soon as it's opened. However, in the newest build of Chrome Canary, the browser will only load elements of a page that are currently visible on the screen at that given time. All content that is "below... Read more...
In a world where “Just Google it” is a response to many questions, it had always seemed rather odd that Google Chrome was not more easily accessible on Daydream. This inconvenience disappears today, as Google Chrome is now available for the Daydream VR headsets. According to Google, “All the features you love on Chrome, from voice search to incognito mode to saved bookmarks, are now accessible on your Daydream headset.” The company has also included a few Daydream-specific features such as “cinema mode”. Cinema mode reportedly “optimizes web video for the best viewing experience in VR”. Google Chrome has technically been available for Daydream headsets... Read more...
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