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  1. The uBlackList browser extension lets you clean up search results by removing specific sites when searching on Google, DuckDuckGo, Bing, and other search engines. While the browser extension is not new, being developed since early 2021, it was recently posted to Y Combinator's Hacker News, so we thought we would take a look at it. uBlackList is a browser extension for both Chromium and Firefox that allows you to input a list of websites you want to be blocked from search results. Whether these sites are low quality, are known for misleading information, or you simply have no desire to read their content, uBlackList can prevent them from being displayed on the Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Qwant, StartPage, and Yahoo! Japan search engines. Removing sites from search result pages To get started with uBlackList, install the browser extension from the Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons page. Once installed, you can click on the extension's icon and select 'Options' to configure the extension. From the options screen, you can add the sites you would like to block from search results using regular expressions or match patterns, as shown below. uBlackList extension options screenSource: BleepingComputer For example, if you want to remove all pages from example.com and Wikipedia (just an example!) from search results, you could add the following patterns to uBlackList: *://*.example.com/* *://*.wikipedia.com/* Once you click on the Save button and perform a search that returns results from wikipedia.com, you will find that they are no longer displayed, as shown below. Search results for wikipedia.com removed from GoogleSource: BleepingComputer Even more helpful, the extension adds a 'Block this site" link next to URLs shown in search results, easily letting you block sites as you see them. By default, the extension will only remove search results from Google, but as we said previously, it also supports blocking sites in the Bing, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Qwant, StartPage, and Yahoo! Japan search engines. Supported search enginesSource: BleepingComputer It's also possible to configure a URL that contains a list of patterns that should be blocked, which will be downloaded and updated regularly. Finally, you can configure the extension to synchronize your settings across the Google Cloud, allowing you to use the same settings on different browsers that you may use. I tested the extension throughout the day and found that it did a great job removing sites that I felt were cluttering up search results related to malware removal. For those who wish to try out uBlackList, you can install it from the Google Chrome Web Store or Mozilla Firefox Add-ons page or download the source from the project's GitHub page. Browser extension lets you remove specific sites from search results
  2. x64 http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/adpjwjv7dq7sdrfx4yxmznkg64ba_101.0.4951.54/101.0.4951.54_chrome_installer.exe x86 http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/m4ugl2oo7k3e3c7k3m4c6g43uu_101.0.4951.54/101.0.4951.54_chrome_installer.exe
  3. https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2022/03/extended-stable-channel-update-for_15.html x86 http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/adt54yxqopoara272yuis57ooo3a_99.0.4844.74/99.0.4844.74_chrome_installer.exe x64 http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/ad5qsbmqmqcmile6xtm25ucb7hkq_99.0.4844.74/99.0.4844.74_chrome_installer.exe
  4. In the latest update to Chrome Canary on Windows, Google brought a convenient feature that enables search in a side panel. It allows comparing search results with the currently open page and finding what you are looking for faster. To test the new side search in Chrome, you need to update the browser to the latest Canary version and enable one of the experimental flags. Navigate to chrome://flags and set the “Side Search” feature to “Enabled” and then relaunch Chrome. After turning on “Side Search” in Chrome, type a search request and click a link in the results. Now you can press the G button to the left from the address bar to trigger the side panel with Google search. Clicking another link in the search results will open a website on the same tab. Google Chrome is not the only browser to offer search in a sidebar. A similar feature has been available in Microsoft Edge for quite a while, although some may argue that Microsoft’s implementation looks more accessible and easy to understand. You can right-click any word or phrase on a webpage and select “Search in the sidebar.” Google Chrome, on the other hand, requires opening a new tab, entering a search term, opening a link, and only then the browser displays the Side Search button. Bing Search in a sidebar in Microsoft Edge. We should note that the current version of Side Search in Chrome Canary is just an experimental feature. Google will take a while to improve Side Search and ship it in the Stable Channel (or it may not ship at all). Meanwhile, you can download Chrome Canary, test the new capability and share your feedback with Google for future improvements. Source: Leopeva64-2 on Reddit. Chrome gets Google search in a side panel on Windows
  5. Changelog: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2022/03/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html Downloads: Consumer x86 (75.7 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/gqczgg3uhy46ftenjszsfj5hcy_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe Consumer x64 (78.6 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/adhm6j66jm36tzwpa6sldiyac6aq_99.0.4844.51/99.0.4844.51_chrome_installer.exe Enterprise MSI: x86 (78.3 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise.msi x64 (81.2 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise64.msi Linux: x64 (79.2 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb x86 (78.9 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm Mac: (100.00 MB) https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg
  6. Chrome users who use the web browser to save passwords get warnings if any saved passwords were found in leaks. Users may use the information to change the account password or delete the entire account to avoid account takeovers. Soon, Chrome users may be able to mute these warnings for individual passwords. While it is already possible to disable the warning for all passwords by disabling the feature, some Chrome users may want to disable them for individual passwords instead. Tip: to turn password checks off completely visit chrome://settings/security and disable "warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach". Default passwords for local services are a good example. If you have saved the default username and password combination for a local service or device, Chrome may detect it as breached. While that may indeed be the case, it may not pose a threat because of the local nature of the service. Google is testing a new feature that gives users control over individual password leak warnings. Called "Mute & Unmute compromised passwords in bulk leak check", it needs to be enabled currently as it is an experimental feature at the time. Load chrome://flags/#mute-compromised-passwords in the Google Chrome address bar. Set the flag of Mute & Unmute compromised passwords in bulk leak check to enabled. Restart the Google Chrome browser. Once restarted, do the following to use the new functionality: Select Menu > Settings > Autofill > Passwords, or load chrome://settings/passwords directly. Select the Check Passwords option to run a check for compromised and weak passwords. Compromised and weak passwords that are found during the scan are listed by Google under the Compromised Password and Weak passwords sections. The two listings separate passwords found in data breaches (compromised) and passwords that are considerer weak. Weak passwords have not been compromised, but it is usually trivial to gain access to the account because of the weak nature of the password. To mute a compromised password, select the "change password" button next to the password in question and activate the "dismiss warning" context menu option. Similarly, if you want to restore a warning, repeat the process but select "restore warning" this time for the selected password. Closing Words Chrome users may use the new functionality to supress warnings that Chrome displays if compromised or weak passwords are found; this is useful in some cases to block warning messages from appearing in Chrome. The feature is experimental at this point and there is a chance that it won't make it into the stable version of Chrome. You may soon disable individual compromised password warnings in Chrome
  7. Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google The world’s most popular browser is about to make it a lot harder for advertisers to track your online activity. Illustration: Sam Whitney; Getty Images Google Chrome is ditching third-party cookies for good. If all goes according to plan, then future updates to the world’s most popular web browser will rewrite the rules of online advertising and make it far harder to track the web activity of billions of people. But it’s not that simple. What seems like a big win for privacy may, ultimately, only serve to tighten Google’s grip on the advertising industry and web as a whole. Critics and regulators say the move risks putting smaller advertising firms out of business and could harm websites that rely on ads to make money. For most people, the change will be invisible, but behind the scenes, Google is planning to put Chrome in control of some of the advertising process. To do this it plans to use browser-based machine learning to log your browsing history and lump people into groups alongside others with similar interests. “They're going to get rid of the infrastructure that allows individualized tracking and profiling on the web,” says Bennett Cyphers, a technologist at the civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “They're going to replace it with something that still allows targeted advertising—just doing it a different way.” Google’s plan to replace third-party cookies comes from its Privacy Sandbox, a set of proposals for improving online ads without obliterating the ad industry. Aside from getting rid of third-party cookies, the Privacy Sandbox also deals with issues such as advertising fraud, reducing the number of captchas people see, and introducing new ways for companies to measure the performance of their ads. Many Google critics say parts of the proposals are an improvement on the existing setup and good for the web. Change is necessary. The online advertising industry is, to put it mildly, unwieldy. It comprises billions of data points about all of our lives that are automatically traded every second of every day. Such a substantial change to this system will impact a raft of businesses, from brands advertising products and services online to the ad tech networks and news organizations that propel those ads to every corner of the web. The Privacy Sandbox proposals are complicated and technical. Google is already testing some, while others remain firmly at the development stage. Privacy Sandbox is documented online, and Google has altered its plans based on feedback and counterproposals from rivals. But, ultimately, when it comes to Chrome, everything is controlled by Google. The removal of third-party cookies from Chrome, first announced in January 2020, has been a long time coming. “Third-party cookies were awful,” Cyphers says. “They were the most privacy-invasive technology in the world for a while.” When Google does remove them in 2022, it won’t be first—but its huge market share does mean it will have the biggest impact. Apple’s Safari, the second-biggest browser behind Chrome, limited cookie tracking in 2017. Mozilla’s Firefox blocked third-party cookies in 2019; the problem is so vast that the browser is currently blocking 10 billion trackers per day. If you’re using Chrome at the moment, then the websites you visit, with a few exceptions, will add a third-party cookie to your device. These cookies—small snippets of code—are able to track your browsing history and display ads based on this. Third-party cookies send all the data they collect back to a different domain than the one you’re currently on. First-party cookies, by comparison, beam data back to the owners of the domain you’re visiting at the time. Third-party cookies are the main reason why the shoes you looked at two weeks ago are still stalking you around the web. All the data gathered by third-party cookies is used to build user profiles, which can include your interests, the things you buy, and your behavior online, and this can be fed back to murky data brokers. “The intention really was to initiate a certain set of proposals about how older technologies like third-party cookies, as well as others, can be replaced by privacy-preserving API alternatives,” says Chetna Bindra, a product lead on Google’s ads business. So what are the alternatives? Google’s plan is to target ads against people’s general interests using an AI system called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC). The machine learning system takes your web history, among other things, and puts you into a certain group based on your interests. Google hasn’t defined what these groups will be yet, but they will include thousands of people that have similar interests. Advertisers will then be able to put ads in front of people based on the group they’re in. If Google’s AI works out that you really like sneakers, for example, then you’ll be chucked in a group with other similarly minded sneaker fans. It all works in a way similar to how Netflix’s algorithm works out what you might like to watch. In essence, your viewing history is similar, but not identical to, plenty of others. If Person A and Person B both like the same four horror films, for example, then chances are Person A will like a fifth horror film that Person B has just watched. Now just expand that out to cover billions of people. Unlike with third-party cookies, all the data used to determine what group you go in will be processed in Chrome. Third party cookies, by contrast, are sprayed around like confetti. Bindra claims that, despite this fundamental change in how data is stored and processed, the system is 95 percent as effective at targeting ads as third-party cookies. Others have questioned this claim. One potential issue with the machine learning system is what it can infer about people. “Since FLoC uses your browsing history to assign you to interest-based cohorts, the end result is akin to a super-tracker that is present on even more websites than Google Analytics,” says Kamyl Bazbaz, vice president of communications at the search engine DuckDuckGo. While FLoC means less personal data is being sent to third parties, as with the current cookie setup, there are concerns about how people will be grouped together and whether the automated process that does this will discriminate against certain groups. “The FLoC clustering algorithm that Google is proposing would be handled by Google itself, in common for all web users,” says Basile Leparmentier, a senior machine-learning engineer at advertising tech firm Criteo, which has proposed its own Privacy Sandbox alternatives. “Google would therefore have the power to modify this algorithm whenever it wanted to.” If other browsers choose to adopt the machine learning setup—Yahoo! Japan is said to be interested—they may be able to change the groupings for their own use. Leparmentier and others commenting publicly on Google’s FLoC proposals have questioned whether the system will group people by sensitive attributes such as race, sexual orientation, or disability. The system may be able to infer this sensitive information through people’s general behavior and interests. For example, Facebook’s advertising algorithms have been found to show teaching and secretarial jobs to women more than men. In 2019 Facebook was charged by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for ads that discriminated against people based on their race. The same risks exist with FLoC, and Google engineers have acknowledged the potential for algorithmic bias. “If an online attacker was looking to target a specific group based on their ethnicity or their religion, this attacker is then able to target the relevant FLoC ID group however they see fit,” Basile says. Google will start testing FloC in March—but will only use websites that have tracking enabled or are already serving display advertising. The company also says it is against its ad policies to serve personalized ads based on sensitive categories. FLoC groups that reveal people’s race, sexual orientation, and other categories will be blocked—or if that’s not possible, Google says it will change its algorithm to “reduce the correlation.” Such is its scope and potential impact, Privacy Sandbox is attracting plenty of regulatory scrutiny. On January 8, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed it was investigating Privacy Sandbox alongside the data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The CMA says that its investigation is “moving at speed,” but it has yet to reach any conclusions about Privacy Sandbox’s impact on competition. Howev er, the CMA did outline some of its concerns in a wide-ranging July 2020 review of digital advertising. Blocking third-party cookies in Chrome may give Google more power over the whole ecosystem, the CMA’s report says. “Those proposals will also turn Chrome (or Chromium browsers) into the key bottleneck for ad tech,” the report says. “It is likely, therefore, that Google’s position at the centre of the ad tech ecosystem will remain.” The CMA report also states that online publishers, such as news websites that rely on advertising, could see short-term revenue from ads decrease by 70 percent—although at least one publisher has had success with ditching cookies. Bindra says Google is working with the CMA and ICO on their investigation and that removing third-party cookies will have an impact on Google too. “We use third-party cookies for ads we serve on sites, and our Google advertising products will be impacted just as other ad technologies will be impacted,” she says. “While this does take a toll on the funds that content creators and web developers depend on, we really do believe that a lot of these technologies are going to be able to support publishers and advertisers.” But third-party cookies aren’t the only way ads are served on the web—and that’s where the rest of Privacy Sandbox comes in. When third-party cookies are removed, companies that collect first-party data might be able to better target ads. For instance, if you’re logged into a news website, that site will be able to collect data about what you read and understand your interests. That means it can show ads that may be more relevant to you as an individual—the more relevant an ad, the more money it can make. Sounds good, right? Well, it is for the two companies that dominate first-party data collection across the web: Facebook and Google. Both have powerful tools to collect user information, both through their own services and the software they provide to others. More than nine Google products—from Gmail to Google Maps—are used by more than a billion people each month. Facebook’s tracking tech is on more than 8 million websites. “Google would still be able to use the insights it obtains from users’ activities on Google Search and YouTube to select personalized ads on Google’s properties,” the CMA’s review says. Those responding to the CMA’s review told it that putting an end to third-party cookies would “further entrench” Google and Facebook’s ad technology. Ultimately, if the web moves to a system where first-party data becomes the main way of serving ads, then the biggest tech platforms could benefit the most. “It could be that Google's ad tech division is at equality with other ad tech companies,” says Paul Bannister, cofounder of ad management firm CafeMedia. “The problem is that blocking third-party cookies widens the gap between walled gardens and what they can do versus the open web.” It’s likely that eliminating third-party cookies will push advertisers to rely on logins and user accounts to collect their own first-party data. Or rely on Google and Facebook to collect that data for them. Bannister argues that such changes will likely mean that more advertising money is spent on platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube, where targeting within a closed ecosystem will be easier. “It has centralized control of the data with a smaller and smaller group of very large companies,” says Bannister. “And they are far more likely to misuse the data and harm people in the process.” This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google
  8. Microsoft Authenticator app can now import passwords from Chrome In December Microsoft announced the public preview of password management and autofill feature in Microsoft Authenticator app. Like any password management app, Authenticator app will help you autofill strong passwords for any sites you visit. These passwords will be synced across mobile devices and desktops. And you can autofill them when required. On desktop, you can use the saved passwords with Microsoft Edge and the new Google Chrome extension. Today Microsoft Authenticator Beta on Android gained the ability to import passwords directly from Google Chrome, making it much easier to get up and running with the app. Users are also able to import passwords from a .CSV file, a format often used by other apps to export your passwords. Microsoft is still testing the feature, and it is currently only available to select beta users of the Android app. The Microsoft Authenticator app is available for iOS and Android and can be found in the Stores here. Microsoft Authenticator (Android) Developer: Microsoft Corporation Price: Free ‎Microsoft Authenticator (iOS/iPadOS) Developer: Microsoft Corporation Price: Free via the WC Microsoft Authenticator app can now import passwords from Chrome
  9. Fast forward: What's coming in future versions of Chrome? Every time Google updates its browser, it publishes release notes aimed at enterprises to highlight upcoming additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications. Here's some of what's coming. geralt (CC0) Chrome looms over the browser landscape like a leviathan. With more than 70% of the world's browser user share – a measure of browser activity calculated by analytics company Net Applications – Google's Chrome has crushed the competition. Rivals, from Microsoft's Edge to Mozilla's Firefox, survive on single-digit shares that seem liable to evaporate on short notice. So, it's no surprise that when Chrome moves, others feel the tremors. With each upgrade – something Computerworld tracks in the What's in the latest Chrome update? series – and every time Google talks of future plans, opponents pay attention to hear what they may have to copy to stay competitive. Every Chrome upgrade is accompanied by enterprise-centric release notes that highlight some of the additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications slated for the future. We've collected the most important for this refresh of Computerworld's latest what's-coming round-up. But nothing is guaranteed, least of all software's prospective features. As Google says: "They might be changed, delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel." Chrome 86: Legacy Browser Support gets the hook Google will pull the Legacy Browser Support (LBS) add-on from copies of Chrome 86 on which it's installed. LBS, now baked into Chrome, was designed so IT admins could deploy Google's browser but still call up Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) when necessary to render intranet sites or written-for-IE apps. The add-on debuted in 2013, when Chrome's share of 18% lagged far behind IE's still-dominant 58%. After integrating LBS into Chrome, Google decided the add-on was unnecessary and began a several-step process to eradicate the extension. After Chrome 85's release on Aug. 25, for example, Google was to have removed it from the Chrome Web Store. (Google hasn't done that yet, although the label "DEPRECATED" looms large on the add-on's page.) Chrome 86: More messing with the URL Google plans to truncate what shows in the address bar starting with Chrome 86. Only some users will see the change at version 86's debut, Google said, adding that "a full roll-out ((is)) planned for a later release." Under the scheme, a full URL like https://google-secure.example.com/secure-google-sign-in/ would show only as the registrable domain, example.com in the address bar. Google argued that the move is "to protect your users from some common phishing strategies," such as when criminals try to trick potential victims into clicking on links that at first glance look legitimate, but which are actually made to mislead. "This change is designed to keep your users' credentials safe," Google stated. This will not be the first time that Google has tried to shorten what shows in the Chrome address bar. At several points in the past – most recently, in 2018 with Chrome 69 and Chrome 70 – Google has contended that stripping out parts of a URL, say the www, is a move worth making. Critics have blasted such proposals, saying that it eliminated cues some users relied on to sniff out deceptive sites. Chrome 86: Bye-bye blacklist, other labels Nineteen of Chrome policies will be renamed to drop the terms "blacklist" and "whitelist" that refer to barred and allowed actions, respectively. Also part of the renaming plan: "native" as in "native printing," or local printing over an organization's network (and one of Google's recommended options for customers now using Google Cloud Print, which will stop working as of Jan. 1, 2021). "Chrome will be moving to more inclusive policy names," Google noted in its enterprise release notes. "The terms 'whitelist' and 'blacklist' will be replaced with 'allowlist' and 'blocklist.'" Meanwhile, "native" will simply be dropped. The 19, including URLBlacklist and ExtensionInstallWhitelist – which will be renamed URLBlocklist and ExtensionInstallAllowlist – will change with Chrome 86. Another eight, including DeviceNativePrinters (DevicePrinters and DeviceNativePrintersBlacklist (DevicePrintersBlocklist) will be transformed as of Chrome 87, which is due out on Nov. 17. Google added 14 policy names to this change list after first mentioning it in July. The Mountain View, Calif. firm also told IT admins, "If you're already using the existing policies, they will continue to work, though you will see warnings in chrome://policy stating that they're deprecated." Discussions of technology terminology – "master" and "slave" regarding device communication were among the examples – have percolated for years. But this year's protests over racism, inequalities and police killings of Blacks prompted calls for other changes from the likes of Apple and Microsoft, as well as Google. In Apple's style guide for developers, for example, under the blacklist/whitelist, the entry stated: "Don't use. Instead, use an alternative that's appropriate to the context, such as deny list/allow list or unapproved list/approved list." Chrome 86: Chrome says 'Update,' so do it As of this version, Chrome will put the word "Update" inside a button-like element at the upper right-hand corner of the browser's window. It's the signal that Chrome has been upgraded in the background but requires a restart to finalize the refresh. Chrome 86: Tab throttling Chrome 86 will curtail the amount of power background tabs consume by throttling them to a maximum of only 1% of CPU time. And background tabs will only be allowed to "wake up" – to repaint the page, for instance – once per minute. Administrators will be able to control this throttling with the IntensiveWakeUpThrottlingEnabled policy. Note: In July, Google said tab throttling would debut in Chrome 85. But in late August, Google said tab throttling had just been added to Chrome Beta, signaling that it had yet to make it into Chrome Stable. Chrome 87: More functionality for PDF viewer Google plans to debut a new user interface (UI) for Chrome's built-in PDF viewer in November's Chrome 87. Details are skimpy, even though the PDF changes were first noticed in March. Most importantly, when a PDF document is opened in Chrome, a toolbar will now appear. When Chrome 85 – the version released in late August – was told to display the toolbar (via a selection in the chrome://flags page), only a place holding message shows ("New PDF Viewer toolbar will appear here.") Google asserted that the new PDF viewer would also include a "two-up" view – two pages, shown side by side – the document table of contents and a mode to see added annotations. Fast forward: What's coming in future versions of Chrome?
  10. nightTab is a highly customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome There are lots of ways to customize the new tab experience. Some like using custom CSS or display a blank page, others rely on extensions like Group Speed Dial or Tabliss. Want something that's user-friendly, customizable, and minimalistic? The add-on nightTab might be just the thing you need. Install the extension and open a new tab to access nightTab's interface. It has a dark theme, and a bunch of pre-configured bookmark tiles, aka speed dials. All the elements you see on the tab are customizable. The search bar at the top of the tiles can be used to search in your bookmarks, or to perform an online search in Google. NightTab displays a clock and the date to the left of the search box. Let's see how to manage the speed dials. Click on the Edit button next to the search box, or the Add button in nightTab's screen to create a new group or bookmark. This brings up several buttons for each shortcut. Use the left and right arrows to move a speed-dial right or left. You may reorder the tiles by clicking on the three-line icon and dragging it elsewhere, even onto another group. The x button deletes a speed dial, while the pencil icon is used to customize a tile. You can edit the appearance of the dial from the Visual Element settings. The letter option in nightTab uses a cool font, which you can use to name your bookmarks. Or you can pick from many icons that the extension comes preloaded with; these are part of the Font-Awesome collection. You can paste a URL of a custom image that you want to use for the tile. If you assigned an icon or a picture, you may want to add a label to the speed dial, and that's what the name field is for. Paste the URL of the page that the speed dial is for in the Address field and hit the save button, and your new tile is ready. NightTab allows you to customize the appearance of the tiles further, change the size of the letter, icon, image, shadow and name. Set the position of the element in the tile, rotate it, pick the accent color, theme color, opacity from the advanced options. You can even use an image or a video as the background for the speed dial. Each set of bookmarks is a group and it has a title to categorize it. You can change the name of the group, reorder its position, or delete it. Tiles can be moved between bookmarks with a drag and drop, or from the editor. Click on the "color" button to pick a custom background color from the palette. The Accent button similarly allows you to use a different color for the letters, icons and names. The gear icon in the top right corner has even more settings. You can adjust the scaling size, width and alignment, padding of the layout. Enable the Greeting option if you like to see "Good morning, Hello, Hi", followed by your name. Transitional words places shows the words "The time and date is" or "It's" before the clock. Speaking of which, the clock can be customized too. Switch from number-based to a word-based clock, enable seconds, change the separators, toggle 24-hour clock, enable AM/PM. The Date settings are modifiable as well and has options to switch the format, word style, size, etc. Next is the Search settings which aside from a couple of visual options lets you choose from the following search engines: Google, DuckDuckGo, YouTube, Giphy, Bing, or a custom search provider. Dislike having the Edit, Add, Color and Accent buttons in the new tab? Disable them from the options. Bored with the colors? nightTab has plenty of themes to choose from, of course you can create your own easily. The extension allows you to use Google Fonts for the text and numbers. Why restrict yourself to a colorful background? Use an image or a video, nightTab supports both local and online media, go nuts. No one likes to see their settings reset to default. It may be a good idea to use the add-on's built-in backup and restore option to preserve your customized preferences. I tried importing my backup from Firefox to Chrome, and it worked like a charm. Download nightTab for Firefox and Chrome. The extension is open source. NightTab is an excellent new tab replacement with a ridiculous number of settings, yet somehow it manages to keep things user-friendly. Landing Page: https://github.com/zombieFox/nightTab nightTab is a highly customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome
  11. Google rolls out Secure DNS support in Chrome for Android After having introduced Secure DNS in Chrome 83 for the desktop, Google announced this week that the roll out of the feature has started for mobile Chrome for the company's Android operating system. As has been the case for the desktop rollout, Secure DNS will be rolled out to all Chrome installations over time. Secure DNS, or DNS-over-HTTPS, is a new privacy and security features that has started to gain some traction in recent time. Web browsers like Firefox or Chrome, but also operating systems like Windows, support or will support the feature in the future. Basically, what it does is encrypt DNS traffic to avoid tampering with the traffic or the recording of it. The implementation may differ but for Chrome and most Chromium browsers, it is the following: Chrome will not switch the default DNS provider but will use Secure DNS if it is supported. Options to disable and configure the feature manually are provided via in-browser preferences but also Enterprise policies. Chrome built-in Secure DNS configuration Select Menu > Settings > Privacy and Security to get started. The new "Use secure DNS" option is displayed on the page that opens, provided that the feature has reached your device already. The status of the feature is displayed on the page, but you need to tap on the option to configure it in the mobile browser. Google Chrome displays two options on the "Use secure DNS" configuration page: Turn the feature on or off by toggling "Use secure DNS" at the top of the page. If you don't want to use it, toggle it to off. Chrome continues to use the default DNS provider but without use of DNS-over-HTTPS even if supported by the provider. Chrome offers options to continue using the default service provider, or a manual provider. The first option is the default and it can mean that DNS-over-HTTPS is not used even if the setting is enabled; this is the case if the DNS provider does not support the feature. Chrome lists five different Secure DNS providers that you may select by switching to "choose another provider". The five providers are Google (Public DNS), Cloudflare, Quad9, CleanBrowsing, and DNS.SB. An option to add a Secure DNS URL manually is also available. Closing Words While DNS-over-HTTPS support gets added to more and more browsers, none seems to report to the user if the feature is indeed working. You can check out our guide on finding out if DNS-over-HTTPS is working as advertised. Google rolls out Secure DNS support in Chrome for Android
  12. Add a ton of keyboard shortcuts to Firefox and Chrome with Surfingkeys Do you use keyboard shortcuts while browsing? F5, Ctrl + T, Ctrl + Enter, Backspace are some of the common ones that most users use. If you're a power user, and wanted more shortcuts, that's exactly what Surfingkeys adds to Firefox and Chrome. Install the add-on and use the shift and ? keys to view a help page that lists all available keyboard shortcuts. Press Escape to dismiss the help page. Try some of those shortcuts. For example, you can press e to scroll up half of the page, or d to scroll down. Surfingkeys uses keyboard combinations that require pressing 2 or 3 keys. Tap on the y key and quickly hit t. This will open a duplicate tab, i.e, a copy of the current tab. There are three-key shortcuts too. For instance, pressing s, q and l displays the last action that was performed. The last thing we did was open a duplicate tab, so the box that pops-up will display "yt". The extension also makes use of the Alt, Ctrl and Shift keys. Some shortcuts will require you to hold down one of these three keys, followed by other keys. Case matters too. Try the capital E shortcut, by holding Shift down and tapping e once. This switches to the tab on the left, as opposed to the small e which is used to scroll up. Speaking of which, use the j and k keys for smooth scrolling down pages. Let's try one more special combination, this time trigger the yT hotkey (that's a small y and a capital T). You know what to do, tap y, then hold shift and press T. This shortcut loads a duplicate tab (just like the other yt combo), but as a background tab, in other words, without switching to it. Experiment with the other shortcuts, there are plenty of options that can perform various actions like switching tabs, page navigation, mouse click, scroll page, search using selected text, clipboard (capture pages, links, text) etc, add a bookmark. Unsure where the links are on a web page? Tap the f key and Surfingkeys will place visual indicators wherever a link is available. All keyboard shortcuts in Surfingkeys are customizable from the add-on's options page. Search Select some text and press sg, this will use the text to search in Google. Similarly, you can hit sd for searching with duckduckgo, sb for baidu, sw for bing, ss for stackoverflow, sh for github, sy for youtube. Capture Screenshot Tap yg to take a screenshot of the visible part of the page you're on. The add-on will display a pop-up preview of the captured content. The screenshot is NOT saved to the clipboard. So, you'll need to right-click on the pop-up and select save image as, or copy image (to the clipboard). Note: If it doesn't seem to work, make sure you haven't selected any text on the page. That's because the extension has a different set of actions for "selected text" and will not respond to other commands until you deselect the content. Surfingkeys supports scrolling screenshots. You can take a screenshot of an entire web page. To do this use yG. Similarly, yS captures a screenshot till the scrolling target. But it didn't work for me, and kept scrolling to the end of the page. Omnibar Surfingkeys displays a pop-up bar when you press some keys. Press t to search and open URLs from the bookmarks or the history. b does the same thing but only displays your bookmarks. For e.g. I tap t and then type "ghacks" and it displays some results from my history. The search is done in real-time, it takes a couple of seconds the first time it searches, but the speed improves with subsequent searches. Session Management Hit ZZ to save all your tabs and quit the browser. The session is saved as "Last". ZR will restore the saved session. This option does work in both Firefox and Chrome, and with multiple windows. WARNING: Use this with caution. If your browser already saved the session, and you chose to restore it with Surfingkeys, the extension loads another copy of the saved tabs. So, if you had 100 tabs saved, restoring it will add an extra 100 tabs. I had to use "close tabs to the right" to quit the duplicate tabs. Visual Mode Tap v to enter visual mode. You'll see a bunch of letters appear on the screen. These are shortcuts to place the cursor at that location of the chosen letters. For e.g. If I type GR, Surfingkeys will place the cursor at the location where the letters "GR" were. The cursor will also appear thicker, that's because the extension has entered the Caret mode. A small banner appears on the screen to indicate the status. In Caret mode, the cursor is ready to be moved to a location of your choice. After placing the cursor where you want it to, tap v again. The banner changes from Caret to Range. Remember: Caret = move cursor, Range = Select mode. This is similar to Vim's visual mode. So you can use the hjkl keys to move the cursor (right/left/up/down), and it begins to select the text accordingly. Now that you have some text selected, you can perform some actions. t will translate it, sg will use the text to perform a search in Google, and so on. Surfingkeys has many more advanced features including vim-like marks, Vim Editor, PDF Viewer. I recommend reading the GitHub page, the list of features is massive and the official page is very informative. Surfingkeys is an open source extension. Download it for Chrome and Firefox. Landing Page: https://github.com/brookhong/Surfingkeys Add a ton of keyboard shortcuts to Firefox and Chrome with Surfingkeys
  13. Google strikes back: browser wars heat up as Chrome ads target Microsoft Edge users Anything Edge can do, Chrome can do better… (Image credit: Shutterstock) In a galaxy very, very close to home – this exact one, in fact – Microsoft and Google are taking serious aim at each other’s respective user bases in the browser wars, with the latter introducing yet more adverts to try to persuade Edge fans to join the Chrome side (although Microsoft is equally guilty of being engaged in very similar tactics). Google’s latest effort to promote Chrome at the expense of Microsoft Edge involves embedding an advert in Gmail security alert messages, which are sent when a new login has been made. In other words, if you sign in to your Google account on a new device, you get an email through to alert you of that activity, just to check that you have indeed logged in (and that it’s not someone else fraudulently accessing your account from their device). When that sign-in comes from a Microsoft Edge user on Windows 10, Google has sneakily placed an advert in the email alert trying to persuade the user that they should be browsing with Chrome instead. As spotted by Windows Latest, a Reddit user posted a grab of the ad, which says: “Make the most out of Windows 10 with the Chrome browser. Chrome is a fast, simple and secure browser, built for the modern web.” This is not a new tactic from Google, which has previously pushed similar ads on Edge users via its various online services and products, including G Suite, Google Drive, YouTube and its search engine, among others. One-big-advert-Drive Microsoft is similarly guilty, as we saw earlier today, of this kind of aggressive and targeted promotional activity, most recently with adverts in OneDrive aiming to persuade Chrome (and Firefox) users to migrate over to the new Edge. Previous to that, Microsoft has pushed Edge adverts via its Outlook.com webmail service, and ads have appeared in the search bar in Windows 10 as well as the Start menu (the latter aimed to persuade Firefox users to switch to Edge). It’s a case of both being as bad as each other, really, when it comes to pestering users. But given how dominant Chrome is in the browser world, Microsoft could perhaps take this as a compliment. It’s Edge with all the ground to make up, after all – a huge gulf of it, in fact – and clearly Google perceives some threat and certainly isn’t resting on its web laurels. Google strikes back: browser wars heat up as Chrome ads target Microsoft Edge users
  14. Fast forward: What's coming in future versions of Chrome? Every time Google updates its browser, it publishes release notes aimed at enterprises to highlight upcoming additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications. Here's some of what's coming. Fact: Chrome rules the world. Now with 69.2% of the world's browser user share – a measure of browser activity calculated by California-based analytics company Net Applications – Google's Chrome has no equal, at least in popularity. Rivals like Microsoft's Edge, Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari eke out single digits, while niche browsers under them fight over the smallest scraps. It's no surprise, then, that when Chrome speaks, everyone listens, whether about each browser upgrade – something Computerworld tracks in the What's in the latest Chrome update? series – or about Google's plans for the future. Every Chrome upgrade is accompanied by enterprise-centric release notes that highlight some of the planned additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications. We've collected the most important for this what's-coming round-up. Just remember, nothing is guaranteed. As Google says: "They might be changed, delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel." Chrome 84: Full-page TLS 1.0, 1.1 warnings Last year, Google spelled out the stages of warnings it would put in front of Chrome users about obsolete TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.0 or 1.1 encryption. A first step – a "Not Secure" alert in the address bar – was taken in January 2020. With Chrome 81, the browser was to display a full-page interstitial alert that interrupted attempts to reach the destinations secured with TLS 1.0 or 1.1. That schedule, however, was abandoned in early April. Now, it's Chrome 84, slated for release July 14, that is to contain the page-sized warning. IT administrators can disable both warnings with the SSLVersionMin policy. Setting that policy to "tls1" allows Chrome to connect to TLS 1.0- and 1.1-encrypted sites sans alerts. The SSLVersionMin policy will work until January 2021, when it will be deprecated. Google Chrome 84 should show this message when the user tries to steer toward a site encrypted with the obsolete TLS 1.0 or 1.1 standards. Chrome 84: Risky downloads, rescheduled Starting with Chrome 84, the browser will warn users when executable files begin their downloading from a secure page (one marked as HTTPS) but actually transfer their bits over an insecure HTTP connection. "These cases are especially concerning because Chrome currently gives no indication to the user that their privacy and security are at risk," Joe DeBlasio, a software engineer on the Chrome security team, wrote in a Feb. 6 post announcing the scheme. At the time, Chrome 81 was pegged to begin the warnings. But as with the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 alerts, these were rescheduled in early April, pushed back to later versions of the browser. Google did not say aloud what prompted the change, but it likely was related to the March decision to pause Chrome's release cadence and when distribution was restored, abandon Chrome 82, skipping from 81 to May's 83. With Chrome 85, set to ship Aug.25, Google will drop the hammer, barring those executable files from downloading. Over several more versions, Google will warn, then block, additional file types, including (in order) archives such as .zip; "all other non-safe types, like .pdf and .docx; then finally image files, such as .png. For example, Chrome 85 will institute warnings for archives (and Chrome 86 will block them). By Chrome 88 (a Jan. 19, 2021, appearance), the browser will be blocking "all mixed-content downloads." Organizations managing Chrome can disable this future blocking on a per-site basis with the InsecureContentAllowedForUrls policy. Google Chrome's timetable for warning, then blocking various types of downloads transmitted over insecure connections runs through the next five versions of the browser. By January 2021 -- and Chrome 88 -- the process should be finished. Chrome 85: Cover me! Chrome will know when one of its windows has been occluded by others, and will then suspend painting that window's pixels in an effort to save CPU cycles and battery resources. An earlier version of this feature, Google said, "had an incompatibility with some virtualization software," and so it was reworked. (This had been on Chrome 81's to-do list at one point, but was punted to Chrome 83 before being delayed yet again.) It's now to appear in Chrome 85, currently scheduled to release Aug. 25. Administrators will be able to disable this with the NativeWindowOcclusionEnabled policy. Chrome 85: When IE's inside The Google-made Legacy Browser Support (LBS) add-on will be struck from the Chrome Web Store in late August, when Chrome 85 ships. "Legacy Browser Support (LBS) is now built into Chrome, and the old extension is no longer needed," Google said succinctly. LBS, whether in extension or integrated form, was designed so IT admins could implant Chrome in their organizations but still call up Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) when necessary, say to render intranet sites or older, written-for-IE web apps. LBS wasn't an emulator but simply a URL director, sending any on a list to IE for that browser to open. The add-on debuted in 2013, when Chrome's share of between 15% and 18% was far below IE's still-dominant 55%-58%. Google plans to automatically remove the LBS add-on from the browser when Chrome 86 releases. Currently, that's slated Oct. 6. To call on the baked-in LBS, administrators can use the policies listed here under the Legacy Browser Support heading. Source: Fast forward: What's coming in future versions of Chrome? (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  15. Chrome will soon block resource-draining ads. Here’s how to turn it on now Fed up with cryptojacking ads? Google developers have you covered. Enlarge Getty Images 105 with 76 posters participating Chrome browser users take heart: Google developers are rolling out a feature that neuters abusive ads that covertly leach your CPU resources, bandwidth, and electricity. The move comes in response to a swarm of sites and ads first noticed in 2017 that surreptitiously use visitors’ computers to mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As the sites or ads display content, embedded code performs the resource-intensive calculations and deposits the mined currency in a developer-designated wallet. To conceal the scam, the code is often heavily obfuscated. The only signs something is amiss are whirring fans, drained batteries, and for those who pay close attention, increased consumption of network resources. In a post published on Thursday, Chrome Project Manager Marshall Vale said that while the percentage of abusive ads is extremely low—somewhere around 0.3 percent—they account for 28 percent of CPU usage and 27 percent of network data. Enlarge “We have recently discovered that a fraction of a percent of ads consume a disproportionate share of device resources, such as battery and network data, without the user knowing about it,” Vale wrote. “These ads (such as those that mine cryptocurrency, are poorly programmed, or are unoptimized for network usage) can drain battery life, saturate already strained networks, and cost money.” To curtail the practice, Chrome is limiting the resources a display ad can consume before a user interacts with it. If the limit is reached, the ad frame will navigate to an error page that informs the user the ad has consumed too many resources. A disabled ad will look something like this: Enlarge To arrive at the threshold for disabling an ad, Chrome developers measured a large sample of ads Chrome users encounter. Ads that use more CPU resources or network data than 99.9 percent of overall ads will be blocked. That translates to 4 megabytes of network data or 15 seconds of CPU usage in any 30-second period or 60 seconds of total CPU usage. Chrome developers plan to experiment with the limits over the next few months and add them to the stable version of the browser by the end of August. The purpose of the delayed rollout is to give ad creators and tool providers time to incorporate the limits into their coding. Chrome users who want to turn the feature on sooner can enable the flag at chrome://flags/#enable-heavy-ad-intervention. Several antivirus providers have already provided the means for users to weed out ads that engage in so-called cryptojacking or similar types of abuse. Chrome users will soon have the means to do the same thing natively. Source: Chrome will soon block resource-draining ads. Here’s how to turn it on now (Ars Technica)
  16. Chrome is getting a ton of big safety and security updates soon Better UI for privacy controls, encrypted DNS, and more Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The next version of Chrome for desktops is shaping up to be a much bigger update than usual. In addition to tab grouping and automatically blocking battery-killing ads, the browser is also getting a big set of improvements for security, safety, and privacy. When the update arrives in Google’s usual “coming weeks” timeline, users will see new features that fall into a few different buckets: user interface changes, more checks to prevent users from visiting malicious websites (including a more proactive option that may share more data with Google), more secure DNS, and third-party cookie blocking in Incognito mode. The first and most obvious update is user interface changes. Google’s moving some buttons and settings around to make them easier to find. Cookie settings, privacy settings, extensions, and Google sync settings are all becoming more prominent and will get better and clearer descriptive labels. Google does a lot of these settings shuffles on its platforms, but the changes here are more meaningful than usual because they are connected to several ongoing issues with both Google and Chrome. Google is moving its extensions menu to a little puzzle icon that will appear by default in the main toolbar. The company seems to think that some users with a lot of extensions aren’t figuring out that you don’t have to have a massive row of them. More importantly, though, Google has embarked on a long effort to clean up Chrome’s extensions and make it easier to restrict their permissions. You’ll still be able to pin extensions to the toolbar, if you like. Image: Google The new menu will do more than make extensions easier to find. They’ll more clearly show each extension’s current state and permissions and make it easier to chose those things. Expect more changes to improve how Chrome handles extensions going forward. They’re needed: extensions are great, but they’ve always been a vector for malware. Even for experts, it’s hard to keep track of it all. The next UI change is that Google is bringing cookies out to the top level of its settings menu where it’ll be easier to adjust them. This isn’t a big change, but it might be a way for Google to start educating its less-technical users on what cookies are and why they should pay attention to them. That’s because Chrome is on the slow road to fully blocking third-party cookies, a move other browsers like Safari and Firefox have already taken. Google is moving slower because it thinks blocking those cookies breaks too many websites right now. Image: Google However, Google will begin blocking third-party cookies but only in Incognito mode. In Incognito, there may be more of an acceptance that things could break in the name of privacy — and it will be possible to grant one-time allowances for third-party cookies for each Incognito session. Settings will also feature a more prominent Safety Check tool. That tool already exists, but Google will expand it with a way to check for known password breaches. If you use Chrome’s tools for saving your passwords, the browser will be able to warn you if any site you use has had a recent breach. It’ll also check for rogue extensions, Chrome updates, and whether you have Google’s Safe Browsing feature turned on. Image: Google If you’re not familiar, Safe Browsing is Chrome’s tool for detecting known phishing sites. It maintains a database of such sites and sends them out to browsers as often as every half-hour so that when you visit one, Chrome will pop up a huge, appropriately scary warning. On the next version of Chrome, Google will offer a new option called Enhanced Safe Browsing. If you turn it on, you’ll be sharing the URL of “uncommon” websites you visit with Google in real time. The reason for that is Google is finding that scammers are registering and deploying new phishing websites at such a rapid pace that even a 30-minute refresh on a phishing database isn’t fast enough. Google says this tool will also combine with information culled from your personal Gmail and Drive accounts. For example, if Gmail detected a spam email with a sketchy link, this tool could inform Chrome that it’s a phishing site if you happen to click on it. Obviously, sharing yet more detail with Google — especially something as private as what websites you’re visiting — should give you serious pause. The company tells me that, as soon as its Safe Browsing algorithm determines the URL you’re visiting is safe, it will anonymize the data. Then, it will eventually delete that anonymized data entirely, though it’s not clear exactly how long that will be. Image: Google Lastly, Chrome will follow Mozilla in enabling DNS-over-HTTPS, a more secure way for your browser to resolve the human-readable URL you type in and the actual IP address of the site you’re visiting. Google is apparently working with major ISPs to turn it on where supported rather than just flipping people over to a secure DNS of its own choosing. But it’s also not turning this option on for everybody because DNS-over-HTTPs isn’t without controversy. Normally, DNS is sent in the clear, which makes it easier for network-level filters to work. Encrypted DNS makes life for parental apps much more complicated, for example. Image: Google Google says that Chrome will use a list of encrypted DNS providers that the company maintains to match to your ISP, then fall back to default DNS if it doesn’t have an encrypted option. It will be turned off in Windows if parental controls are turned on, and it’ll also turn it off in cases where it sees enterprise device management policies. That’s it. But it’s also a lot. Combined with some of the other changes, the next version of Chrome looks like the biggest update in a long while, one that sets the browser up for the bigger changes to cookies and tracking yet to come. The update will roll out just as all of Google’s updates do: over the coming weeks. Source: Chrome is getting a ton of big safety and security updates soon (The Verge)
  17. Chrome 83: Google starts rollout of redesigned privacy and security settings Google released Chrome 83 Stable for all supported operating systems this week. The new browser is being rolled out currently to all devices configured to update the browser automatically. Chrome 83 is a big update for Chrome; it introduces support for DNS over HTTPS, which we looked at yesterday, and comes with redesigned privacy and security settings. As is the case with many feature introductions or changes in Chrome, both are being rolled out gradually to the entire Chrome population. It is possible that the changes have not landed yet on your devices even if you run Chrome 83. Chrome Stable users who want to test the new privacy settings right now may set the flag chrome://flags/#privacy-settings-redesign to enabled to do so. Chrome 83: redesigned privacy settings Select Chrome Menu > Settings > Privacy and Security, or load chrome://settings/privacy in the browser's address bar and scroll down to the section to access the redesigned section in the Chrome settings. First thing you may notice is that Google added more options to the root of the section. Older versions of Chrome displayed options to clear the browsing data and open site settings, the new settings add Security and Cookies and other site data options to the root level. The "more" option displayed in older versions of Chrome is no longer present and the settings that were listed under it have been moved to the new root level entry points. Tip: use the search to find specific settings if you have trouble locating them. Clear Browsing Data has not changed at all; all remaining root level privacy settings have been modified. Cookies and other site data Cookies and other site data is now accessible directly from the main settings menu. Cookie options were listed under Site Data in previous versions of Chrome. The following options are provided: Allow All cookies (default) Block third-party cookies in Incognito Block third-party cookies Block all cookies. Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome Send a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic. Preload pages for faster browsing and searching. See all cookies and site data. Sites that can always use cookies. Always clear cookies when windows are closed. Sites that can never use cookies. Some users may find it confusing that Google added the "preload" and "Do Not Track" options to the cookies dialog. The companies reasoning for adding preload may be that prefeteched data may include cookies. Security The new Security section of Chrome's privacy and security options contains most of the options that were found under "more" in previous versions of the browser. It lists: Safe Browsing levels: Enhanced Protection -- "Faster, proactive protection against dangerous websites, downloads, and extensions. Warns you about password breaches. Requires browsing data to be sent to Google." Standard Protection -- "Standard protection against websites, downloads, and extensions that are known to be dangerous." No Protection -- "Does not protect you against dangerous websites, downloads, and extensions. You’ll still get Safe Browsing protection, where available, in other Google services, like Gmail and Search." Manage certificates Google Advanced Protection Program Options are displayed when you select Standard protection. You may toggle password breach warnings, sending of Telemetry data to Google when you select Standard protection. Site Settings The main change here is that Google separated the settings into groups. The first group lists permission, the second content. Both groups display just a few options and you need to click on the "additional" link on the page to expand the listing. Closing Words Google's redesign of the privacy and security settings of the company's Chrome browser improves the accessibility of cookies and other site data settings for the most part. Downsides to the redesign are that users may find it difficult at first to locate settings that were moved by Google, and that settings open on a new page instead of the same page for the most part. Source: Chrome 83: Google starts rollout of redesigned privacy and security settings (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  18. A Chrome feature is creating enormous load on global root DNS servers Google is doing to DNS what D-Link once did to NTP. 181 with 87 posters participating, including story author The Chromium browser—open source, upstream parent to both Google Chrome and the new Microsoft Edge—is getting some serious negative attention for a well-intentioned feature that checks to see if a user's ISP is "hijacking" non-existent domain results. The Intranet Redirect Detector, which makes spurious queries for random "domains" statistically unlikely to exist, is responsible for roughly half of the total traffic the world's root DNS servers receive. Verisign engineer Matt Thomas wrote a lengthy APNIC blog post outlining the problem and defining its scope. How DNS resolution normally works Enlarge / These servers are the final authority which must be consulted to resolve .com, .net, and so forth—and to tell you that 'frglxrtmpuf' isn't a real TLD. Jim Salter DNS, or the Domain Name System, is how computers translate relatively memorable domain names like arstechnica.com into far less memorable IP addresses, like 3.128.236.93. Without DNS, the Internet couldn't exist in a human-usable form—which means unnecessary load on its top-level infrastructure is a real problem. Loading a single modern webpage can require a dizzying number of DNS lookups. When we analyzed ESPN's front page, we counted 93 separate domain names—from a.espncdn.com to z.motads.com—which needed to be performed in order to fully load the page! In order to keep the load manageable for a lookup system that must service the entire world, DNS is designed as a many-stage hierarchy. At the top of this pyramid are the root servers—each top-level domain, such as .com, has its own family of servers that are the ultimate authority for every domain beneath it. One step above those are the actual root servers, a.root-servers.net through m.root-servers.net. How often does this happen? A very small percentage of the world's DNS queries actually reaches the root servers, due to the DNS infrastructure's multilevel caching hierarchy. Most people will get their DNS resolver information directly from their ISP. When their device needs to know how to reach arstechnica.com, the query first goes to that local ISP-managed DNS server. If the local DNS server doesn't know the answer, it will forward the query to its own "forwarders," if any are defined. If neither the ISP's local DNS server nor any "forwarders" defined in its configuration have the answer cached, the query eventually bubbles up directly to the authoritative servers for the domain above the one you're trying to resolve—for arstechnica.com, that would mean querying the authoritative servers for com itself, at gtld-servers.net. The gtld-servers system queried responds with a list of authoritative nameservers for the arstechnica.com domain, along with at least one "glue" record containing the IP address for one such nameserver. Now, the answers percolate back down the chain—each forwarder passes those answers down to the server that queried it until the answer finally reaches both the local ISP server and the user's computer—and all of them along the line cache that answer to avoid bothering any "upstream" systems unnecessarily. For the vast majority of such queries, the NS records for arstechnica.com will already be cached at one of those forwarding servers, so the root servers needn't be bothered. So far, though, we're talking about a more familiar sort of URL—one that resolves to a normal website. Chrome's queries hit a level above that, at the actual root-servers.net clusters themselves. Chromium and the NXDomain hijack test Enlarge / Chromium's "is this DNS server f'ng with me?" probes represent about half of all the traffic reaching Verisign's DNS root-server cluster. Matthew Thomas The Chromium browser—parent project to Google Chrome, the new Microsoft Edge, and countless other lesser-known browsers—wants to offer users the simplicity of a single-box search, sometimes known as an "Omnibox." In other words, you type both real URLs and search engine queries into the same text box in the top of your browser. Taking ease-of-use one step further, it doesn't force you to actually type the http:// or https:// part of the URL, either. As convenient as it might be, this approach requires the browser to understand what should be treated as a URL and what should be treated as a search query. For the most part, this is fairly obvious—anything with spaces in it won't be a URL, for example. But it gets tricky when you consider intranets—private networks, which may use equally private TLDs that resolve to actual websites. If a user on a company intranet types in "marketing" and that company's intranet has an internal website by the same name, Chromium displays an infobar asking the user whether they intended to search for "marketing" or browse to https://marketing. So far, so good—but many ISPs and shared Wi-Fi providers hijack every mistyped URL, redirecting the user to an ad-laden landing page of some sort. Generate randomly Chromium's authors didn't want to have to see "did you mean" infobars on every single-word search in those common environments, so they implemented a test: on startup or change of network, Chromium issues DNS lookups for three randomly generated seven-to-15-character top-level "domains." If any two of those requests come back with the same IP address, Chromium assumes the local network is hijacking the NXDOMAIN errors it should be receiving—so it just treats all single-word entries as search attempts until further notice. Unfortunately, on networks that aren't hijacking DNS query results, those three lookups tend to propagate all the way up to the root nameservers: the local server doesn't know how to resolve qwajuixk, so it bounces that query up to its forwarder, which returns the favor, until eventually a.root-servers.net or one of its siblings has to say "Sorry, that's not a domain." Since there are about 1.67*10^21 possible seven-to-15-character fake domain names, for the most part every one of these probes issued on an honest network bothers a root server eventually. This adds up to a whopping half the total load on the root DNS servers, if we go by the statistics from Verisign's portion of the root-servers.net clusters. History repeats itself This isn't the first time a well-meaning project has swamped or nearly swamped a public resource with unnecessary traffic—we were immediately reminded of the long, sad story of D-Link and Poul-Henning Kamp's NTP (Network Time Protocol) server, from the mid-2000s. In 2005, Poul-Henning Kamp—a FreeBSD developer, who also ran Denmark's only Stratum 1 Network Time Protocol server—got an enormous unexpected bandwidth bill. To make a long story short, D-Link developers hardcoded Stratum 1 NTP server addresses, including Kamp's, into firmware for the company's line of switches, routers, and access points. This immediately increased the bandwidth usage of Kamp's server ninefold, causing the Danish Internet Exchange to change his bill from "Free" to "That'll be $9,000 per year, please." The problem wasn't that there were too many D-Link routers—it was that they were "jumping the chain of command." Much like DNS, NTP is intended to operate in a hierarchical fashion—Stratum 0 servers feed Stratum 1 servers, which feed Stratum 2 servers, and on down the line. A simple home router, switch, or access point like the ones D-Link had hardcoded these NTP servers into should be querying a Stratum 2 or Stratum 3 server. The Chromium project, presumably with the best intentions in mind, has translated the NTP problem into a DNS problem by loading down the Internet's root servers with queries they should never have to process. Resolution hopefully in sight There's an open bug in the Chromium project requesting that the Intranet Redirect Detector be disabled by default to resolve this issue. To be fair to the Chromium project, the bug was actually opened before Verisign's Matt Thomas drew a giant red circle around the issue in his APNIC blog post. The bug was opened in June but languished until Thomas' post; since Thomas' post, it has received daily attention. Hopefully, the issue will soon be resolved—and the world's root DNS servers will no longer need to answer about 60 billion bogus queries every day. Listing image by Matthew Thomas A Chrome feature is creating enormous load on global root DNS servers
  19. Chrome 85's new tab management features detailed, includes tab groups and more Google today announced a few new features being added to the Chrome browser that relate to the management and performance of tabs. Some of the features have been in testing, which are now being made available to the stable channel. Those include the tab groups feature, and a more touch friendly version of the browser that is slowly rolling out to Chrome OS users, and tab previews. There are a few improvements to Chrome on Android as well. The first in the list of improvements is a 10% improvement in tab performance. The company says that tab loads are now faster, thanks to the enhancements made to Profile Guided Optimization. The company will also be adding tab throttling to improve performance of active tabs. Tab Groups Tablet Mode UI The tab groups feature is also being made available to Chrome users in the stable channel. As the name suggests, Chrome now lets users group tabs and name them for easier segregation. These groups can be moved around, collapsed, and expanded. Another feature is the touch-friendly UI for tablet mode, something that the company announced back in April. The new UI provides a larger tiled interface for tab previews, making it easier to navigate between using touch. The feature is first rolling out to Chromebooks, but will also be made available on laptops. However, it is not clear if the UI will automatically adapt when a device is switched to tablet mode. In addition to these improvements, Google will also be bringing the tab previews feature to Chrome Beta. The feature is currently hidden behind a flag and shows a thumbnail image of the contents in a tab, instead of just the site name. Microsoft’s legacy Edge browser debuted this feature, and is also being added to the Chromium-based Edge browser. Tab previews PDF improvements For Chrome on Android, the Mountain View company is adding the ability to quickly switch to tabs that are already open. The icon prompting to switch tabs appears if users begin typing in the website address or title of an already open tab. Other improvements include the ability to directly fill out and save PDF files on the desktop, making it easy to edit PDFs right in the browser without having to use other apps. There are enhancements to URL sharing on mobile and desktop, including a new QR code generator for the desktop. Most features announced today should begin rolling out with Chrome 85 that is due for release today. However, considering that the release is generally staggered, it might be some time till all users begin seeing the update. Chrome 85's new tab management features detailed, includes tab groups and more
  20. How to identify fonts on any webpage without using an extension in Firefox and Chrome Webpages consist of several visual elements, even though we may not normally notice them. All we see is text, links, images, and forms, right? Observe the text style on a webpage closely, and you may notice that the site could be using several fonts for rendering the content. Can you identify those fonts? Well, not every one can. But there are many online services, OCR tools, and extensions which can help you do that. Most of these services require you to use some tool or enter the URL, or use an image to detect the font, and then you may have to mark the area of the page to identify the text style. That's a lot of hassle, isn't it? What if you didn't want to use those? Do you know how to identify fonts on any webpage without using an extension? Yes, it is possible and don't worry, you don't need any technical knowledge for this. All you need is a web browser like Firefox or Chrome. Browsers have a built-in feature called Developer Tools. If you use shortcuts and browse in full-screen mode, you may have accidentally tapped F12 (which opens Developer Tools), instead of F11 (full-screen). That's exactly what we are going to use to identify the fonts. How to identify fonts on any webpage using Firefox 1. Visit any webpage, and right-click on the text with the font that you'd like to identify. (refer to the above screenshot) 2. Click on the "Inspect Element" option from the context menu. This opens the Developer Tools section at the bottom of the page. 3. Look for the Fonts tab, which is located in the bottom right corner of the tools section. 4. Firefox will display the name of the font, its size, line height, spacing, weight. Firefox offers more information regarding the font used in the browser. Scroll down the Fonts tab and click on the option that says "All Fonts on Page". This expands the tab vertically to display all font types that were found on the current page. In addition to this, Firefox also shows you a preview of each font style. Mouse over each font that is listed and the browser will highlight the text on the webpage that uses the font. This is not required, but if you want to you can use the sliders (or the boxes) to adjust the font size, height, and other attributes. How to identify fonts on any webpage using Chrome 1. Follow steps one and 2 from the Firefox section. Chrome loads the Developer tools on the right-hand side of the page. 2. Click on the "Computed" tab. 3. Scroll down until you see the font information (font-family, font-size, etc). The browser displays the font type, size, stretch, style, height, and other options. I don't believe Chrome has a way to display the information about all fonts in the web page like Firefox does. Once you have found the font type, you can use your Google-fu skills to get the font from third-party websites. If you find the above steps to be complicated, you can use an extension like Font Finder which makes the task slightly simpler. I came across this trick on reddit, while searching for a font identifier tool. But this method proved to be simple and effective. How to identify fonts on any webpage without using an extension in Firefox and Chrome
  21. The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking Ad trackers follow you everywhere online—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Illustration: Elena Lacey Almost every site you visit tracks you to try and link your browsing history to your interests and, in turn, show you targeted adverts. One minute you’re searching for a new desk, the next adverts for that furniture website you looked at are stalking you around the web If you want to get a sense of how you’re being tracked across the web take a little time to read (and disable) the cookie options that appear each time you visit a new site. They’ll give you a sense of what technology each website is using to track its visitors and the information they gather. (The consent preferences on WIRED are controlled by parent company Condé Nast). With the Do Not Tracking setting in browsers becoming increasingly useless, web browsers are increasingly flexing their privacy credentials Apple’s Safari browser has boosted its anti-tracking tech and Firefox has blocked trackers by default since 2018. Google Chrome is also planning on getting rid of third-party cookies. However this won’t happen until 2022 and there are still significant questions about how the change will be implemented. In the meantime, your best best for stopping creepy web tracking is to move to a privacy-first web browser. For some people this step might be too radical or impractical at the moment. If that’s you, there’s another way to push back against online tracking: bring the blocking tech to your current browser. These browser extensions are a simple first step in improving your online privacy. Privacy Badger Privacy Badger is one of the best options for blocking online tracking in your current browser. For a start, it’s created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a US-based non-profit digital rights group that’s been fighting online privacy battles since 1990. It’s also free. Privacy Badger tracks all the elements of web pages you visit—including plugins and ads placed by external companies. If it sees these appearing across multiple sites you visit then the extension tells your browser not to load any more of that content. The organization says it doesn’t keep lists of what to block but discovers trackers as you browse the web and is more effective as time goes on. Like many of the extensions in this list the tool will also show you which trackers are blocked on each site you visit. This includes how many trackers and what type each website is using. You can disable the tool for individual sites and change settings if you don’t mind being tracked by some sites. There are Privacy Badger extensions for Chrome, Firefox (desktop and Android), Microsoft Edge and Opera. DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo is best-known for its anonymous search engine that doesn’t collect people’s data. But in recent years the firm has also been moving more into privacy controls for the whole web (including introducing its own mobile browser). DuckDuckGo also makes an extension for Chrome. The Privacy Essentials extension blocks hidden third-party trackers, showing you which advertising networks are following you around the web over time. The tool also highlights how websites collect data through a partnership with Terms of Service Didn’t Read and includes scores for sites’ privacy policies. It also adds its non-tracking search to Chrome. Ghostery This New York-based firm—which has five different tools—is owned by the same company that was behind Cliqz, a privacy-focussed browser and search engine, which was shuttered earlier this year due to the impact of Covid-19. But Ghostery lives on. Its browser extension blocks trackers and shows lists of which ones are blocked for each site (including those that are slow to load), allows trusted and restricted sites to be set up and also lets people you block ads. The main Ghostery extension is free but there’s also a paid for $49 per month subscription that provides detailed breakdowns of all trackers and can be used for analysis or research. There are Ghostery extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Opera. Adblock Plus Unlike other tools here, Adblock Plus is primarily marketed as an ad blocking tool—the others don’t necessarily block ads by default but aim to be privacy tools that may limit the most intrusive types of ads. Using an ad blocker comes with a different set of ethical considerations to tools that are designed to stop overly intrusive web tracking; ad blockers will block a much wider set of items on a webpage and this can include ads that don’t follow people around the web. Adblock Plus is signed up to the Acceptable Ads project that shows non-intrusive ads by default (although this can be turned off). On a privacy front Adblock Plus’s free extensions block third party trackers and allow for social media sharing buttons that send information back to their owners to be disabled. There are Adblock Plus extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Opera and Yandex. Browse Differently Adding a privacy-enabling browser extension will definitely help your online privacy, but it’s not the only step that you can take. Moving to a privacy-first browser may be the next obvious step once you’ve tried out the experience with an extension. Extensions, for Chrome at least, are limited to the desktop browser so won’t do anything to stop you being tracked on mobile. For that you’ll need a to pick a new mobile browser. For added protection you may also want to start using a VPN to mask your web activity further. This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking
  22. Chrome 86 experiment will obscure URL paths to stop phishing In its war on the URL bar, Google has announced that in Chrome 86 it will be running an experiment that hides part of the URL path to help users figure out which website they’re on. The firm says that this helps users identify potentially malicious websites but also makes URLs a bit less obvious, which could see more people come to rely on Search. To test the new feature, Google is randomly switching this feature on for random people. Those who get opted into the experiment will have two ways to view the full URL, either by hovering over the URL to expand it or by right-clicking on the URL and selecting ‘Always show full URLs” in the context menu. If you choose to always show the URLs, they will remain fully visible on all future sites that you visit. Those with Enterprise-enrolled Chrome browsers will not be included in this experiment, this move should help tech support in the workplace to better assist colleagues. If you want to test out the feature out of curiosity, download Chrome Canary or Chrome Dev, open chrome://flags and enable the following flags then restart Chrome: #omnibox-ui-reveal-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-hover #omnibox-ui-sometimes-elide-to-registrable-domain Optionally, #omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-interaction to show the full URL on page load until you interact with the page. As alluded to previously, the move may be a sincere attempt to prevent phishing, however, it also makes the URL bar more irrelevant. For new users coming online, having the URL bar partially obscured could lead to more people doing search queries to get to websites rather than typing the exact URL, this, in turn, could lead to more traffic over on Google Search. Chrome 86 experiment will obscure URL paths to stop phishing
  23. Tabliss is an elegant new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome Most new tab replacement add-ons are related speed-dials, bookmarks and the like. Tabliss however is all about elegance. It is a new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome, that displays cool backgrounds and useful widgets. Install the add-on and open a new tab. It has a random wallpaper, which is not unlike Edge Chromium's Bing wallpaper of the day. The images are sourced from the Unsplash image service. In case you aren't familiar with it, the service offers images that are free for commercial/non-commercial use. Tabliss displays a few links in the bottom left corner of the new tab. One that links to the current wallpaper's page on Unsplash (useful if you want to download the image), another for the uploader/photographer who uploaded the image, and the last URL links to the service's homepage. The new tab also has a clock, and a message that reads "Hello". This is a fairly minimalistic new tab experience. You may customize the add-on, to do so mouse over the gear icon in the top left corner, and it displays a panel with three buttons. The first button opens a side bar with various options. The drop-down menu allows you to select the background image source. You can choose from: a Gradient Color, Solid Color, GIPHY, Unsplash or Upload your custom photos. Tabliss uses Unsplash by default, and is set to show a new photo every 15 minutes. You can use the dropdown menu to set the add-on to display a different wallpaper for every new tab, or change the picture once in 5 minutes, an hour or every day. If you like a picture and want to use it permanently, hit the pause option. The "display settings" allows you to customize the blur and luminosity levels of the images. The second option in Tabliss' gear-icon panel, toggles the Widgets. Use it or the hotkey W to hide the clock and message. Head to the program's settings to add a new widget. There are many options to choose from such as "Custom CSS, Greeting, Literature Clock, Message, NBA Scores, Quick Links, Quotes, Search Box, Time, Todos, Weather". Each widget has its own settings. Custom CSS allows you to use your own script. Greeting says Hello every time you open a new tab. Optionally write your name, to be greeted like Hello, John. Literature Clock is rather unique, it quotes sentences (from random books), that tells you the current time. Message displays a custom text message of your choice. NBA Scores shows the results from the latest games, and optionally the team logos. Quick Links are like speed-dials. You can add links to any website you want, and use the corresponding number as the keyboard shortcut. Quotes places a random quote from "They Said So" and "Developer Excuses", it has some categories that you can select. The Search Box widget settings has various search provides you can choose from: Google, Baidou, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Ecosia, Lilo, StartPage, Yandex and Mail.Ru. Search Suggestions can be enabled for Google or Bing. The Clock widget in Tabliss, Time, lets you switch to Analogue, 12-hou or 24-hour digital mode. It can optionally display the seconds, minutes and the date. Set reminders using the Todos widget. Select the number of tasks to be shown from the settings. Click on the + icon in the widget to add a new task. The O icon will display a check mark when you click on it, to indicate that the task has been completed. Get weather updates in every new tab. Set the Location, Name of the place, toggle extended details (feels like, humidity, chance of rain), switch between Imperial and metric units. It uses Dark Sky's API. I'm not sure how long this will work, since Apple has acquired the service. Hopefully, Tabliss' developer will replace it when the API stops working. Use the arrow icons on the side-panel to reorder the widgets, the delete button removes the widget. Adjust the position of the widget and its size, from the display settings. The Font settings allows you to change the font type, weight and the color. Tabliss has a full-screen mode too. You can test the add-on from the web demo available on the official website. I was testing a similar add-on called Momentum, but was annoyed by the features locked behind the paywall, and looked for an alternative and came across Tabliss, which has no such issues. The add-on is open source and is a Mozilla Recommended Extension. Download Tabliss for Chrome and Firefox. Busy all day? Take a moment to appreciate a nice wallpaper, and use the widgets to get weather updates, reminders. The option to download the background is a huge plus. Landing Page: https://tabliss.io/ Tabliss is an elegant new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome
  24. Google is experimenting with settings to make Chrome less power-hungry The browser should soon suck up less of your battery (Image credit: Future) Chrome has long had a reputation – one that's well-justified – for being something of a resource hog. Anyone who has opened several tabs in the browser will have noticed how much memory it sucks up. Google has taken some steps to improve things, and now it seems that the company is turning its attention to the browser's power consumption. Recognizing that battery life is an issue for laptop users who are away from a source of power, Google is experimenting with new settings that will enable websites to activate power-saving options. Experimentation is currently in the very early stages and it is not yet even available in the Beta or Canary builds of the browser. Instead, Google is running a trial for Battery Savings meta tags through its Chrome Origin Trials program for developers. The description for the trial explains that the new feature is "a meta tag allowing a site to recommend measures for the user agent to apply in order to save battery life and optimize CPU usage". This means that websites will be able to react to low battery levels in much the same way phones and laptops can automatically enter a battery-saving mode. Power sipping What this means in practice is that sites will be able to do things such as reduce the frame rate of videos to try to eek a little more life out of a dying battery. Other suggestions revealed in an explainer post on GitHub include running scripts more slowly or at a lower priority For developers who register to take part in the Battery Savings Meta trial, the battery-saving feature is available in Chrome 86 and 87. But with the trial set to run until January 13 2021, it could be quite some time before the average user gets to feel the benefits. Via TheWindowsClub Google is experimenting with settings to make Chrome less power-hungry
  25. Chrome 86 will disable autofill on potentially insecure forms Google has announced a couple of new features for its Chrome browser, which are planned for later this year. First, there's a security feature meant to protect user data from potentially unsafe forms. Essentially, the feature will disable the ability for Chrome to autofill forms on websites that make mixed use of HTTPS, meaning they don't use HTTPS to submit forms. Previously, these websites were only signalled by a lock icon on the address bar. Chrome's password manger will still work on forms that require a username and password, though, since Google claims it helps users input unique passwords, rather than reusing them. In addition to disabling autofill, Google will add a warning under the text field saying that the page is not secure, and even after the user submits the form, a full-screen warning will warn users they may be putting their information at risk. On a separate note, Google has also announced a small new feature for Chrome on mobile devices. Currently rolling out to Chrome 85 in the beta channel, there's a flag that lets users see whether a page is optimized for mobile devices. Once the flag is enabled, users can long press on a link in a webpage, and the pop-up menu will have a message saying whether that page meets the Core Web Vitals metrics - that is to say, it will say if the page is fast to load. Chrome 85 is set to hit the stable channel on August 25, so the feature should be more widely available by then. Chrome 86 is currently slated for October 6, and it's also possible that it will include another security feature that hides URL paths. Chrome 86 will disable autofill on potentially insecure forms
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