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  1. Changelog: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2021/10/extended-stable-channel-update-for.html Downloads: Consumer x86 (72.5 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/cz6f6jwwxjzpszomeh6wjcm7my_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe Consumer x64 (75.3 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/id4ma77on5veckrgwsrfbhgwda_95.0.4638.54/95.0.4638.54_chrome_installer.exe Enterprise MSI: x86 (75.0 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise.msi x64 (77.8 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise64.msi Linux: x64 (84.9 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb x86 (84.7 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm Mac: (102 MB) https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg
  2. Google released another security update for the company's Google Chrome web browser that brings the version of the browser to 94.0.4606.71. Google Chrome 94.0.4606.71 is a security update that fixes two vulnerabilities that are actively exploited in the wild according to Google. The update is the third update that Google released this month to address 0-day security issues in Google Chrome that are exploited in the wild. Google is rolling out the update to all Chrome installations, but users may want to speed up the discovery and installation of the update by loading chrome://settings/help in the browser's address bar, or selecting Menu > Help > About Google Chrome from the menu. Chrome displays the installed version on the page that is loaded and will run a check for updates. Updates that are discovered during the check are downloaded and installed automatically. The new Extended Stable channel has been updated as well. Google published information about the update on the Chrome Releases blog: [$20000][1245578] High CVE-2021-37974 : Use after free in Safe Browsing. Reported by Weipeng Jiang (@Krace) from Codesafe Team of Legendsec at Qi'anxin Group on 2021-09-01 [$TBD][1252918] High CVE-2021-37975 : Use after free in V8. Reported by Anonymous on 2021-09-24 [$NA][1251787] Medium CVE-2021-37976 : Information leak in core. Reported by Clément Lecigne from Google TAG, with technical assistance from Sergei Glazunov and Mark Brand from Google Project Zero on 2021-09-21 Google notes on the page that it is aware of exploits targeting the vulnerabilities CVE-2021-37975 and CVE-2021-37976. Google is aware the exploits for CVE-2021-37975 and CVE-2021-37976 exist in the wild. Both security issues are rated as high, the second highest severity rating after critical. Google did not provide additional information on the issues, e.g. how they are exploited or how widespread the attacks are. Google released another emergency security update for Chrome last week, patching another 0-day vulnerability that was actively exploited at the time according to the company. Two additional 0-day security issues were fixed on September 13, both of which were also exploited in the wild. Chrome users may want to update the browser as soon as possible to secure the system against potential attacks. Another Chrome emergency update to patch 0-day vulnerabilities is now available
  3. If you are like me, you are not too bothered by the Update warning in Chrome and do not rush to close all your tabs and restart your browser when it shows up. On this occasion, however, it may be a good idea to heed the warning and install the new update Google has just made available, as it addresses two zero-day vulnerabilities which are being actively exploited in the wild. CVE-2021-37976 is described as an “Information leak in core” with a Medium severity level while CVE-2021-37975 is a use after free bug in the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine with a High severity rating. Use after free bugs can often be used for remote code exploits or to escape the browser sandbox. “Google is aware the exploits for CVE-2021-37975 and CVE-2021-37976 exist in the wild,” Google notes in their advisory. Google has released Chrome 94.0.4606.71 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to fix the issue. If you have the update prompt simply pressing the button will update you to the latest, safer version of Chrome, otherwise going to Chrome menu > Help > About Google Chrome will also get you the latest release. The update is the 13th Zero-day vulnerability Chrome has had to fix this year. Since Edge also uses the Chromium engine it is likely it is affected by the same issue. via BleepingComputer After Google patches two Chrome Zero-day exploits don’t delay updating your browser
  4. Due to the fact that Google Chrome is used by billions of people all over the globe, the browser is regularly updated with new features and improvements to cater to the ever-changing needs of its user base. Just yesterday, we learned that Chrome is likely getting rounded corners to match the design language of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 11 release. Now, Google has revealed that it will soon start surfacing Drive files when you open a new tab in Chrome. The company says that rather than showing you files based on recency, the content surfaced will be based on "intelligent suggestions". According to Google, this will save users time and mental effort in finding the file that they need as they will be able to grab it directly from the new user interface provided on a new Chrome tab, as can be seen below: Google says that this experience will be enabled by default if you haven't customized the New Tab Page interface. If an IT admin has set a custom experience for New Tab Page at an organizational level, this feature will not be enabled by default for those users. IT admins can head to this page to find out how to toggle the setting. Meanwhile, non-organizational users can simply utilize the "Customize Chrome" button in the bottom right corner to enable or disable Google Drive cards. Intelligent suggestions for Google Drive cards in Chrome have been set to release on a "Gradual rollout" basis, which means that it may take up to 15 days for the feature to become visible to you. We don't have it on our devices yet. It is being rolled out to all personal Google accounts, Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. Google Chrome will soon show you suggestions for Drive files when you open a new tab
  5. Users will now get updates for the two browsers every four weeks, though companies can opt for a slower cadence. Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge began their every-four-weeks release cadence with the launch last week of version 94 of each browser. Google released Chrome 94 on Sept. 21, while Microsoft issued Edge 94 three days later, on Sept. 24. From those dates, Chrome and Edge will upgrade every four weeks. Chrome 95 and Edge 95, for example, will debut Oct. 19 and Oct. 21, respectively. There will be exceptions to that pace for holidays, however. For instance, Chrome 96, the final version of 2021, will release Nov. 16, and be followed by Chrome 97 on Jan. 4, 2022, a seven-week interval. Google announced the then-upcoming change to a more frequent release schedule in early March; Microsoft quickly followed with news of its own several days later. (Microsoft cannot divorce Edge's release schedule from Chrome's because both are powered by Chromium, the open-source project dominated by Google engineers.) The new release tempo for Chrome and Edge mimics that of Mozilla's Firefox, which switched to the same four-week schedule in September 2019. Concurrent with the release of Chrome 94 and Edge 94, Google and Microsoft each also debuted an enterprise-specific release cadence named "Extended Stable," which is upgraded every eight weeks rather than four. The additional time between releases is meant to give IT admins "a longer timeline to test and validate new browser versions." Extended Stable releases are issued for Chrome and Edge on their even-numbered versions. Thus, organizations that adopt the Extended Stable model with Chrome/Edge 94 will receive Chrome/Edge 96 in November but will skip October's v. 95. IT administrators can set users' copies of Chrome to the Extended Stable release through Windows' group policies, specifically the Target Channel override option, as outlined in the online support document. (Instructions for setting Chrome to Extended Stable on macOS can be found here.) These policies can be set on-premises by admins or alternately, using Chrome Browser Cloud Management. For Edge, the same Target Channel override policy can be invoked to shift that browser to Extended Stable's eight-week release tempo. (To stick to its own lingo, Microsoft calls this the Extended Stable Channel.) Admins can also trigger the longer release schedule using Configuration Manager or Intune. Security updates that contain only patches for newly-reported vulnerabilities will continue to be received by Extended Stable builds at the same time they're issued for the generic Stable versions of Chrome and Edge. Chrome, Edge kick off faster release cadence; enterprises can skip versions
  6. In an effort to give users the choice to open websites however they want, Google is working on a feature that allows Chrome users to open the desktop version of websites by default on their Android smartphones. The ability to open the desktop version of a website is not new, what’s new is that users are now going to get the option to open the desktop version of websites by default. The feature will be very helpful particularly in a scenario where you need to use the desktop version of a specific website to get the job done. Instead of selecting the ‘Desktop site’ each time you open the site, you’ll soon be able to tell Google to open the desktop version of that site every time you open it. The ability to open the desktop version of websites is currently available on Chrome Canary and not Chrome Stable. Another caveat is that enabling the option will open the desktop version every time you open a website. On the bright side, however, Google is confirmed to be working towards modifying the feature a bit to allow the users to open only specific sites in the desktop mode. This change is expected to arrive in a future update. As for how you can enable the feature, it will require you to have Chrome Canary installed on your smartphone. Also, since the feature is available behind a flag, you’ll have to ‘Enable‘ a flag called ‘Global setting to request desktop site on Android.’ Now, you can go to Settings > Site settings > Desktop site. Enable the Desktop site toggle in order to use the feature. It is worth noting that enabling the feature won’t snatch away the ‘Desktop site’ checkbox from the three-dot menu. If you want to switch to the mobile version you can easily do that by unchecking the checkbox. Chrome is not the first browser to get the feature, however. Microsoft recently added the same feature to Edge Canary and Dev channels. If you’re using the feature both on Chrome Canary and Edge Canary/Dev., let us know which browser does it better. Chrome Canary (Unstable) Developer: Google LLC Price: Free Microsoft Edge Canary Developer: Microsoft Corporation Price: Free Microsoft Edge Dev Developer: Microsoft Corporation Price: Free via Leopeva64-2 Google Chrome for Android will soon open desktop version of websites by default
  7. Microsoft and Google have both released new Stable Channel Builds that patch a critical Chromium-based Use-After-Free (UAF) vulnerability which could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code upon successful exploitation. For Edge, it is version 94.0.992.31, while for Google Chrome, it is version 94.0.4606.61. The new builds are based on Chromium version 94.0.4606.54. The vulnerability has been assigned the ID "CVE-2021-37973" and the flaw was discovered by a Google Security engineer Clément Lecigne with assistance from Sergei Glazunov and Mark Brand, among others. Google states it found the UAF vulnerability in its Portals feature and according to CERT, "a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service condition on the system". Use-After-Free is a security flaw that occurs when a program or application fails to properly manage the memory pointer after a dynamic memory portion has been freed, which in turn can lead to code execution by an attacker. A pointer stores data related to a certain address of the memory that is being used by the application. But dynamic memory is constantly flushed and reallocated for use by different apps. However, if that pointer is not set to null once its corresponding memory space has been freed or unallocated, attackers can successfully exploit that pointer data to gain access to that same memory portion to now pass arbitrary malicious code. This is why the vulnerability is named Use-After-Free. It has been assured however that both Edge 94.0.992.31 and Chrome 94.0.4606.61 have patched this critical memory-based security flaw and it is probably recommended that users update their browsers to these versions. Latest Chrome and Edge stable channel builds fix critical memory UAF security vulnerability
  8. Every time Google updates its browser, it publishes release notes aimed at enterprises to highlight upcoming additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications. Here's a sneak preview of what's coming. When Chrome changes, people pay attention — not only because Chrome is the world's most popular browser, but also because its underlying technologies, and the decisions that go into making those technologies, power a host of rivals, notably Microsoft's Edge. Each Chrome upgrade is accompanied by enterprise-centric release notes that highlight some of the additions, deletions, enhancements, and modifications slated for the future. We've collected the most important for this update of Computerworld's latest what's-coming round-up. Nothing is guaranteed, as Google itself says: "They might change, be delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel." But these ongoing notes are the best forecasting source available. Chrome 94: Shift to speedier releases Google's new four-week release cadence for Chrome begins with v. 94, which will launch Sept. 21. From that point on, Google will roll out a Chrome upgrade every four weeks, with an exception for the end-of-year holidays. Chrome 94 also starts the clock on the Extended Stable release channel, which will be upgraded every eight weeks, giving enterprise IT admins who manage (through group policies) the option of a slower tempo. Commercial customers who adopt Extended Stable will run v. 94 for eight weeks, when it will be replaced by v. 96 on Nov. 16. Meanwhile, security-only updates will be distributed every two weeks to Extended Stable builds. Chrome 94: Hubba Hubba A new content-sharing feature that Google calls a sharing hub will debut in Chrome 94 (rather than in Chrome 93, where it was once supposed to appear). The hub, which is actually a menu, can be called up by clicking on a new icon in the address bar. During Computerworld's test, the icon, a right-facing caret, was at the right of the address bar. The menu will offer users a wide range of sharing-the-current-page functions, including sharing with apps like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others; creating a QR code for the page's URL; and casting the page to any already-set destinations, such as a smart TV or another device. Chrome users can press fast-forward and begin using the sharing hub immediately by setting an option on the experimental features page reached after entering chrome://flags in the address bar. Find the "Desktop Sharing Hub in Omnibox" item, set the drop-down menu at the right to "Enabled" and restart the browser. Enterprise IT can control this functionality with the DesktopSharingHubEnabled group policy. Chrome 94: Settings get themselves organized Beginning with v. 94, Google will replace the existing single long Settings pane — brought up by clicking the main menu, the three vertical dots at the far right of the Chrome frame, then selecting Settings — with a page that consists of several sections. Google said the change should result in better navigability of the browser's options. As with most Chrome changes or enhancements, Google will introduce the new Settings pane gradually, starting with a subsection of the user base, then expanding the distribution to more copies. It's likely that no everyone will see the Settings change in Chrome 94. Chrome 94: Make HTTPS Great Again! Chrome already defaults to loading pages over HTTPS (rather than the once-standard and less-secure HTTP) protocol, assuming the destination has an HTTPS-secured page. But Chrome 94 will take that lean-into-HTTPS one step further with what Google's calling "HTTPS-First" mode. If HTTPS-First is enabled — it will be off by default — Chrome will try to upgrade all page loads to HTTPS and if unsuccessful, display a full-screen warning before allowing a click-through to the HTTP destination. HTTPS-First is thus a more aggressive version of what Chrome now delivers: It puts every page through the HTPP-or-HTTPS check and posts an alert for the non-compliant destinations. Google said that a group policy would be available to enterprise IT to disable the HTTPS-First mode. Chrome 95: Chrome apps to die, for real this time...seriously Google has been planning the demise of Chrome apps for years, and with v. 95, the company is literally pulling the plug: Chrome apps "will no longer function." Chrome 95 is to launch Oct. 19. (The Chrome 95 cut-off was later than a 2020 adjustment had specified as June 2021. Last year's deadline change likely was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the original drop-dead was to be in 2018, so Google has been working this for quite some time.) Enterprises will be allowed to extend support for Chrome apps until June 2022, the previously-announced date, using a group policy. Fast forward: What's coming in future Chrome updates? (May require free registration to view)
  9. Comments on the official Chromium issues tracker confirm that Google plans to deprecate the browser's cookies and site data controls in favor of a page that is inferior in functionality at the time of writing. Many Chrome users know that they can use controls to clear cookies and site data in Chrome. All it takes is to load the internal URL chrome://settings/siteData to get started. Chrome lists all sites that have stored cookies and other site data on the local system. You may search the selection, browse it, delete individual cookies, and check what a particular site has stored on the local system. The option gives users control over the data, as they may analyze the stored data from that very page. A recent comment by a Google employee on the official Chromium bug tracking site confirms that Google plans to deprecate the entire Cookies and Site Data page. Chromium is the base for many web browsers, including Google's Chrome web browser but also Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Opera or Brave. The page is removed and Google plans to direct user attention to another internal page, chrome://settings/content/all. The page looks like the original one on first glance; it lists the site name, features a search, total storage space used by the site and also options to expand the selection. When you do that, you will notice that stored site content is no longer displayed on the page. The link points to Chrome's site permissions page for the site, but there is no option anymore on the page to look at the site data itself. Additionally, there is no option to delete individual cookies anymore that a site has set using the page. Note: you may still clear individual cookies by clicking on the icon in front of the address in the Chrome address bar. Select a line, e.g. about cookies, to display details about all set cookies and an option to remove cookies individually. Jeff Johnson discovered Google's intent by accident when he filed a bug on the Chromium tracker. Johnson is critical of the change, as it takes away information and control from users. He did not find out why Google plans to make the change, only that it will be made. There is a chance that the new page will receive the functionality of the old, but Google has not made any comment in this regard and if past changes are anything to go by, it seems unlikely. Other Chromium-based browsers will get the change as well. While it is possible that some browsers will retain the old page by adding its code back to Chrome, it is likely that most Chromium-based browsers will end up with the inferior option if it is not improved by the Chromium engineers. Google plans to replace Chrome's cookies and site data controls with an inferior option
  10. Chrome 92 made its way to the Stable channel back in July, deprecating payment handler configurations and enhancing Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), among many other things. Today, Chrome 93 will be landing for the public. Apart from the features and enhancements that it brings, this Chrome release is also significant because it's the last version in Google's regular release cadence. Starting with Chrome 94 next month, the company will shift to a four-week release cycle. Starting with deprecations, Chrome 93 is removing support for the 3DES cipher block chaining (CBC) cipher suite in Transport Layer Security (TLS). Google has cited a number of reasons for this including the fact that newer and better AES-based replacements have been available for the past couple of decades. 3DES is also vulnerable to the Sweet32 attack, and is extremely slow, battery-consuming, and CPU-intensive, especially on mobile platforms. Furthermore, many of its implementations leak the cache and timing side channels. In the same vein, Google is also blocking connections to HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP servers on port 989 and 990. This is because of security reasons and is a mitigation to the ALPACA attack. Google is further enhancing Chrome by allowing web apps to identify themselves as note-taking apps when needed, which will also allow for OS-level integrations. The Multi-Screen Window Placement API is being enhanced to cater to productivity use-cases where having Chrome utilized across multiple screens will result in a better experience. Support for the WebOTP API has been initiated for Chrome on desktop too, as it will allow developers to retrieve one-time passwords (OTP) sent via SMS in a specific format and sync them across Chrome on Android and desktop, provided that you are signed in to the same Google account. Given the increasing popularity of SVG images, the Clipboard API now supports this format too. Similarly, with browser vendors now adding playback speed controls in their offerings, Chrome is giving companies a way to enable and disable this control when playing media on their website. Apart from all of the above, Google has a ton of developer-facing capabilities present in Chrome 93 too. A CSS property is being added to change the color of form controls, the "style" keyword is being added to the "contain" property again, support for CSS Module Scripts is being added, the AbortSignal.abort() static factory method is being introduced to make the life of developers easier, and the meta element's "media" attribute will now be honored so developers can shift between the theme colors of their website using a media query. In the same vein, the CSS flex box and flex items will obey the keywords for positional alignment put forward in the W3C document here. Furthermore, a new boolean property called Object.hasOwn is being introduced which is an easier-to-use implementation of the Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty static method. Chrome 93 will also utilize the ICU LocaleMatcher to implement the BestFitMatcher which is used in JavaScript engine v8 to match locale data. Similarly, the Error() constructor now has an optional parameter called "cause" which will allow errors to be chained without requiring much development effort. Finally, a set of new HTTP Client Hints headers are being offered across the user media preference features, allowing websites to make "smarter" choices regarding the visual properties of the website based on headers. Chrome 93 is expected to roll out later today. If it does not update to version 93 automatically for you throughout the course of the day, head over to Help > About Google Chrome to trigger the update once it becomes available. Next up is Chrome 94 which is currently in the Beta channel with a Stable release expected on September 21, which is in three weeks' time. With Chrome 94, Google will be moving to a four-week release cycle for subsequent Chrome releases. Chrome 93 is landing today, removes 3DES encryption support in TLS, adds WebOTP on desktop Frontpaged: Google Chrome 93.0.4577.63
  11. Making what’s possible today even faster and easier Google’s Chrome Beta 94 announcement mentions that Google is implementing some new web standards that could make browser-based gaming experiences even better. The soon-to-be-released WebCodecs could help make cloud gaming easier and faster, while the experimental WebGPU could make it easier for developers of games that run in the browser to tap into your computer’s power. WebCodecs is an API designed to give developers better access to the video encoding/decoding codecs that are already bundled with your browser, which figure out what to do with video streams. While there are already methods of getting video to play in Chrome, they’re not necessarily designed for things like cloud gaming, which is best when it’s as low-latency as possible. WebCodecs is built to avoid overhead, making it easier to get the incoming video stream onto your screen as fast as possible, potentially with the help of hardware decoding. This will also, in theory, make it perform better than it currently does on slower machines (which are the kinds of computers where cloud gaming is most desirable anyhow). The newer, more experimental WebGPU gives web developers better access to your computer’s graphics horsepower, by letting them hook into your computer’s native graphics API (similar to Apple’s Metal, Microsoft’s DirectX 12, or Vulkan). In simpler terms, it makes it easier for web developers to talk to your graphics card in a language it understands, without having to go through other layers that could slow things down. It’s meant to be a next-generation version of WebGL, which lets developers tap into the (now reasonably out of date) OpenGL framework. In the future, the tech should make it easier for developers to make graphically intense games that run in the browser, tapping into the full power of current-generation GPUs. Both technologies have their place outside of gaming too. In a July 2020 talk, Google mentioned that Zoom was interested in using WebCodecs for videoconferencing, and WebGPU could be used to render 3D models in the browser or to accelerate machine learning models. It makes sense that they’d show up in Chrome, as these are all areas Google plays in, from cloud gaming with Google Stadia, to its own video conferencing apps. Both pieces of tech are open standards though, developed by the W3C, and other browser makers have begun testing them as well. Of course, we probably won’t be seeing experiences powered by WebCodecs or WebGPU for a little while. While WebCodecs is actually getting close to release (it’s expected to be turned on by default in the upcoming Chrome 94), developers will still have to make their apps work with it. As for WebGPU, it’s currently in its experimental trial phase, which Google expects to end in early 2022. Whether it’ll end up as a feature at that point depends on how the trial goes, if the specification is done, and if enough people are interested in using it. While these technologies may not make things that were impossible possible, they’re exciting nonetheless. When things are easier, or more flexible, it lowers the barrier of entry for developers. For gamers looking to play on the web, either through streaming or native games, the time developers save on figuring out how to get frames onto your screen is time they can spend making other parts of the experience better. Chrome 94 beta tests some next-gen tech for gaming in your browser
  12. Google is working on a way to speed up the re-opening of tabs using the Reopen closed tab feature. Currently, the feature reloads a page that has been recently closed from scratch, but Google is working on a way to reopen the closed page instantly. Google is thinking of using the Back Forward Cache feature, which currently lets you go back and forward using the navigation buttons instantly, to also store pages that you have closed. This would mean you can reopen pages as fast as going backwards and forward, but presumably also means closed pages will still take up some memory. In the description of the feature Google also warns that the feature is “highly experimental” and will lead to various breakages. If you are brave you can however enable the Closed Tab Cache in Chrome Canary and help Google test the feature. via Techdows. Google working on ‘highly experimental’ instant Reopen Closed Tab feature for Chrome
  13. Best Productivity Extensions for Chrome The internet is a powerful resource that you can use for researching and learning. Most people multitask while working, browsing, studying or gaming. Everyone has different needs, and manage them in different ways. Here’s our roundup of the best extensions for Chrome, to help you work on the task at hand and become more productive. Browse the web efficiently with these Chrome productivity extensions Auto Tab Discard - Frees up memory used by inactive tabs ContextSearch - Search using different search engines. Dictionaries - Get word definitions instantly. Feedbro - RSS Reader that supports offline reading Gmail Notifier - Displays a notification when a new mail arrives Google Keep - Take notes, save links, images Group Speed Dial - Customizable new tab replacement LanguageTool - Grammar and spellchecker LeechBlock NG - Block distracting websites at scheduled times. OneTab - Save a list of your tabs and declutter your session. Open Multiple URLs - Load several links with a couple of clicks. Reader View - Read articles without distracting sidebars, banners. Simple Translate - Get translations without leaving the current tab. Tab Manager Plus - Manage tabs efficiently. Vimium - Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate the web. List of the essential Chrome extensions to improve your productivity Auto Tab Discard Auto Tab Discard features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (Open Source) Features: Reduces the memory usage of the browser by discarding idle tabs Pros Free (Open Source) Prevents the browser from using a lot of resources Works automatically Can discard tabs manually Custom timer setting Cons Discarded tabs have to be reloaded If you are a multitasker, you’re likely dealing with a lot of browser tabs. Chrome isn’t very good at handling the memory usage, which means the more tabs you have open, the slower your computer is going to get. But you don’t have to keep closing tabs to keep your browser running smoothly. Install the Auto Tab Discard extension, and use the browser as you would normally. The add-on will detect tabs that you haven’t used in a while, i.e. inactive tabs, and frees the tabs from memory, without closing them. Think of it like snoozing the tab till you need it. The plugin works automatically, without any input required on your part. That said, you may manually discard tabs too, if necessary. The discarded tabs are highlighted by their favicon, to reactivate them, just click the idle tab and it will reload. Learn more about the add-on by reading our review. Download the Auto Tab Discard Chrome extension here. ContextSearch ContextSearch features & specifications summary Rating: 4/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (Open Source) Features: Perform queries in the search engine of your choice from the right-click menu Pros Use the search engines of your choice from the pop-up panel or right-click menu Can add additional search engines User-friendly Free (Open Source) Cons What do you do when you want information about something? You Google about it, or perhaps you prefer a different search provider. A lot of users make their queries is by visiting the search engine’s website, and then entering the search term. Some people prefer searching directly from the address bar. The issue with both methods is that it takes some extra typing effort to switch to a different search service. ContextSearch helps you select the search provider from the browser’s right-click menu. So, highlight some words on a web page, right-click to open the menu > select Context Search, and pick one of the provided options. You can also access the search engines from the add-on’s button on the toolbar. ContextSearch supports the following search engines: Google, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Wikipedia. In addition to this, you may use it for Google Reverse Image Search and Google Site Search. The extension is customizable, and lets you add or remove search engines per your requirements. Have you read our review of the plugin? Download the ContextSearch web-ext Chrome extension here. Dictionaries Dictionaries features & specifications summary Rating: 4/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (Open Source) Features: Look up word definitions instantly Pros Look up definitions with a single-click Supports text-to-speech Free (Open Source) Cons Relies on third-party networks, and hence can’t be used offline You’re reading an article, and come across an unfamiliar word. Don’t switch to a new tab and then type your query to get the definition. The Dictionaries extension can do this more efficiently, select the word and click the add-on’s button or the context menu shortcut, and it will open a small window to display the word’s definition. It can even read the word using text-to-speech, so you get the right pronunciation. Dictionaries supports the following services: Longman. Oxford, Cambridge, Merriam-Webster, Collins, Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, Lexico, Urban Dictionary and more. Find out more details about the add-on by checking our in-depth review. Download the Distionaries Chrome extension here. Feedbro Feedbro main features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (Open Source) Features: Offline RSS Reader Pros Customizable feed reader Offline viewing Import and Export OPML Feeds Free (Open Source) No registration required No ads Cons Does not support cross-device sync You can stay up-to-date with news from around the web by using an RSS reader, this saves you the time and effort that would have otherwise been wasted by visiting each site manually. Feedbro is a user-friendly RSS feed reader extension for Chrome that works offline, meaning you can read the articles even when you’re not connected to a network. The built-in feed reader is highly customizable. Use it to subscribe to your favorite RSS feeds, and use folders to organize your subscriptions. Coming from a different RSS reader? Feedbro lets you import your feeds from an OPML file, or export the current subscriptions and use it as a backup, or for migrating to a different tool. Learn more about the add-on from our previous coverage. Download the Feedbro Chrome extension here. Gmail Notifier Gmail Notifier main features & specifications summary Rating: 4/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (Open Source) Features: Notifies you when a new email message arrives Pros Automatically recognizes Gmail accounts that you have signed in to You don’t have to provide your credentials to the extension Displays a badge, and notification when new mails arrive Supports multiple accounts Free (Open Source) Cons Limited to Gmail, does not support other email providers If you are using Google Chrome, chances are you have a Gmail account. And you probably have the mail tab open in your browser, to check for new mails. The Gmail Notifier extension, as its name suggests monitors your inbox for new mails, and displays a notification when a message has arrived. Worried about your account’s security? You don’t need to sign in to your Google account to grant access to the extension. If you have signed in to your Google account in the browser, Gmail Notifier will recognize it automatically, and start working in the background. The extension displays the message sender’s name/ID, and the subject of the mail. You can mark the message as read, delete or archive it, or even report it as spam directly from the pop-up panel. The add-on, which is also called Notifier for Gmail, also supports multiple accounts, if you’re logged in to more than one Google persona. Download the Gmail Notifier Chrome extension here. Google Keep Google Keep main features & specifications summary Rating: 4/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free Features: Take notes, save web clippings, images Pros Free User-friendly Cross-platform support Can save text, links, images and annotate them To do lists Reminders Cons Not Open Source Requires a Google account A good note-taking app should be a must-have tool in your productivity arsenal. You never know when you need to jot down a note, save a link, a paragraph, or an image. Fortunately, Google has an excellent note-taking service in the form of Keep, and there’s a good browser extension to with it. Visit a web page, select some text in it and click on the Google Keep extension’s button. The add-on will automatically save the highlighted text, and associate it with the corresponding website. You may also use it for annotating web clippings. Keep supports to-do lists and reminders, so you can use it as your daily task manager. Google Keep works across popular platforms with apps for Android, iOS, so your notes can be accessed on a computer or a phone. Martin's review of Google Keep has some information that you may find interesting. Download the Google Keep Chrome extension here. Group Speed Dial Group Speed Dial main features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free Features: Provides quick access to your favorite sites from the new tab page Pros User-friendly Create speed dials with thumbnails of web pages Customizable backgrounds Free Cons Not open source The default new tab page in Chrome is basically a glorified Google page with a bunch of shortcuts for your frequently visited sites. It offers very little customization including changing the background image, and the accent color. The Group Speed Dial extension on the other hand puts you in control by offering a lot of ways to customize your new tab page. You have to create shortcuts manually, but it’s worth the time. Speed Dials can be set to use a solid color or a thumbnail of the web page that you're linking it to. The add-on allows you to change the background, create folders, and more. I've reviewed the add-on prior to this, you may want to read the article for more information. Download the Group Speed Dial Chrome extension here. LanguageTool LanguageTool main features & specifications summary Rating: 4/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (Open Source) Features: Detects spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, and helps you correct them Pros Does not require registration Open Source extension, Free to use service Cons Does not work offline Free version is limited to 10,000 characters per text Writing an assignment or working on a project report? That requires a lot of effort, not to mention the proper use of spelling and grammar. Chrome’s built-in spellchecker is okay at best, but it can’t help you with grammatical errors. I often hear people complaining that they see a lot of online ads for Grammarly, but it isn’t a privacy-friendly service. And if you’re in the market for an alternative, look no further than LanguageTool. This add-on is my go-to choice for proofreading important documents. Once installed, LanguageTool works with any web based text-editor like your email composer, WordPress editor, Twitter, Facebook, etc. The plugin underlines misspelled words as you type them, click on these to view the suggested corrections. Click the badge that the add-on displays in the editor, to view all the spelling errors and grammatical mistakes that were discovered in the content. LanguageTool offers a premium service, which is optional. The Basic version, which is the free tier, provides all the help you will require to check your work, but the only caveat with the extension is that supports 10,000 characters per text. The character count includes spaces, punctuation, etc., so it’s really not as large as it sounds, it’s about an essay that’s 1700 words in length. Have questions about the extension? Read our review to know more about it. Download the Grammar and Spell Checker - LanguageTool Chrome extension here. LeechBlock NG LeechBlock NG main features & specifications summary Rating: 4/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (Open Source) Features: Block access to distracting websites Pros Helps you stay productive and avoid distracting websites Easy to configure Free (Open Source) Cons Can be easily bypassed, but it’s not meant to be a parental control software. Your favorite websites can be your biggest productivity killers. It can be anything from spending a few minutes socializing with your online buddies, chilling out by watching an episode of a TV show or a cat video, game trailers, sports news, etc. Even if you spend just a few minutes on each site, all of these distractions can add up together and eat away a big chunk out of your work or study time. LeechBlock NG is an extension that can help you reclaim your productivity, by blocking access to specific sites, during certain times or days of the week. You decide the rules, i.e., what should be blocked, how long it should be blocked, and when the content will be unblocked. Want to know what else it can do? Read my review of the add-on. Download the LeechBlock NG Chrome extension here. OneTab OneTab main features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free Features: Saves all your tabs to a list Pros An excellent way to preserve your browsing session Saves links of every tab Data is saved locally in plain text Import/Export URLs to backup or restore sessions Cons Not open source Do you like hoarding tabs? Then you will love the OneTab extension for Chrome. The next time you feel like you have too many tabs open, click the OneTab button. It closes all the tabs, but also saves the links of every tab, in a list. This way it can be used like a session manager. There aren’t any limits to the number of tabs or sessions that you can save. OneTab does not require an account, nor does it save your data to the cloud. It stores the content on your computer, so you need not worry about the privacy or security of your data. You may export the list of tabs to a text file, and store it on your computer, or a cloud storage service of your choice. Take a look at why we like the extension in our review. Download the OneTab Chrome extension here. Open Multiple URLs Open Multiple URLs main features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (open source) Features: Opens several links with a couple of clicks Pros Load several links at the same time Can extract URLs from text Free (Open Source) Cons No hotkeys Do you have a bunch of links that you want to open in your browser? Forget pasting the URLs one by one, that is so slow. The Open Multiple URLs extension allows you to paste several links, and opens them for you in just a couple of clicks. Don’t want the browser to load all the links at the same time? You can set the add-on to open the tabs on an as-you-click-basis. Sometimes when you copy some links from a page, some unwanted characters, words, or sentences could be copied to the clipboard. You don’t have to delete these things manually, Open Multiple URLs can extract the links from the pasted data. My review of the add-on explains how it works. Download the Open Multiple URLs Chrome extension from here. Reader View Reader View main features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (open source) Features: Distraction-free reading Pros Provides a distraction free reading experience Customizable Font Settings Can print HTML version of the page Supports hotkeys Can add sticky notes to pages Free (Open Source) Cons Does not have a reading list (list of saved articles) like Chrome's built-in feature Have you noticed how some websites tend to have distracting sidebars on either side of the screen, to feature articles that might interest you? A few sites display these recommendations in between two paragraphs of an article that you might be reading. Add a few banners and images, and the web page looks absolutely terrible, and ruins the reading experience. If you were to install the Reader View extension, it will remove all these annoyances from the web page, allowing you to read the article in a distraction-free mode. Oh, and it preserves the images included in the article, so you don’t miss out on the content in them. You can use it to adjust the font size, style, color, toggle read aloud mode, hide/show images in the article. Love an article and want an offline copy of it? Reader View allows you to print a HTML version of the page. We explain more about the add-on in our review. Download the Reader View Chrome extension here. Simple Translate Simple Translate main features & specifications summary Rating: 4/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (open source) Features: Translation Pros Open Source User-Friendly Customizable Doesn’t require an account Cons Relies on Google Translate Sending too many requests will temporarily disable the translation fetcher Chrome supports Google Translate natively for translating web pages, and the official browser extension for the service can display the translated text in a pop-up panel. That’s the extent of what it can do. Why settle for it when you can have a much butter add-on in Simple Translate? The open source extension not only does what the official plugin can do, but also adds a modal that pops-down when you click the Simple Translate button on the toolbar. You can use it to enter some text, to get the translated text without leaving the page. Or, if you’d rather like the translation displayed on the screen next to the selected work, the add-on supports that too. Take a look at our review where we explored the add-on's features. Download the Simple Translate Chrome extension here. Tab Manager Plus Tab Manager Plus main features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (open source) Features: Tab Management Pros Helps organize your tabs Find tabs quickly Highlights media tabs Free (Open Source) Cons The extension's Options window can't be resized. It is long and takes a few scrolls to view every option. While OneTab excels as a session manager, it is not going to help organize tabs that you have opened. That’s where Task Manager Plus comes in, you can use it to quickly search for tabs, rearrange them, find duplicate tabs, all from a compact panel that appears when you click the add-ons button. It also highlights media tabs that are playing a video or audio, so you can quickly switch to them, mute or close them. The search bar is handy if you have dozens of tabs open, and helps you to find the one you need quickly. Curious about the add-on? See how it can help you by reading our review. Download the Tab Manager Plus Chrome extension here. Vimium Vimium main features & specifications summary Rating: 4.5/5 Browser compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Brave Pricing: Free (open source) Features: Keyboard shortcuts Pros Can help you perform actions faster Keyboard based navigation Free (Open Source) Cons Has a learning curve Do you use the mouse to scroll, click on links, etc? Well, most of us do. But these actions can be done with the keyboard shortcuts too, and it’s way faster than using the mouse. Vimium makes this possible by bringing Vim-like key bindings to Chrome. The extension has a learning curve, as in you need to learn the hotkeys. Open Vimium’s options to view the command list, and refer to it as you get used to the add-on, it’s like a cheat sheet. Keep practicing the shortcuts, and soon you’ll be using the keyboard to close, restore or pin tabs, search through tabs, highlight links and open them, etc. Head to our review of the add-on for a closer look at its features. Download the Vimium Chrome extension here. Frequently asked questions about ad blocker extensions for Chrome Are these extensions exclusive to Chrome? No, they are also available for Firefox, and Chromium based browsers such as Edge, Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, etc. You can use them in the browser of your choice. Do I need to pay for using these add-ons? All extensions that we recommend here are free. LanguageTool has a premium tier which gives you additional features, but the free version should be enough for most users. None of these add-ons have ads, pop-ups or other annoyances I want to save articles to read them later, which extension should I use for this? You don’t need an extension to do this. Chrome can natively save articles for reading later. Open the web page that you want to save, click the bookmark icon, and select Add to Reading List. The browser will display the bookmark bar. Click the reading list button to view the list of pages that you saved. Please note that this option does not save the article for offline reading. If offline availability is something you need, the SingleFile and SingleFileZ extensions can save web pages in a HTML format. Is there an extension that can be used to take a screenshot? Google is said to add a new screenshot tool in Chrome soon. But as of now, the only way to take a screenshot using the browser, is by accessing the developer tools which takes multiple hotkeys, F12, followed by Ctrl + Shift + P, and typing the word screenshot in the console. An easier way is to use the Screenshot Capture extension. It can take a snapshot with a couple of clicks, or with a single hotkey, Alt + S. You can use the add-on to save the screenshots in PNG or JPG image format. The reason I didn’t include the add-on in the list is because it is likely going to become obsolete, when Chrome gets the new screenshot option. Which extension should I use for editing documents? Google Docs and Microsoft Office Online are free to use, and offer the best experience for editing and creating documents from the browser. While there are extensions for both services, they just provide shortcuts to their respective websites, so you might as well use the sites directly. Bottom line/Conclusion These extensions will help you work efficiently with little effort, and become more productive. You can mix and match any number of the add-ons that we recommend, they don’t conflict with each other. It’s up to you to decide which ones you find useful. 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  14. We all know vaguely our data has value and that privacy is not free, but after the backlash Google received for their FLoC proposal it appears the company is aiming to make the trade-off between privacy and the services your data pay for a bit more explicit. The company has been working on a new Privacy Review page in Chrome Settings, and in the latest Chrome Canary release that section has been filled in with a page called “Review settings for search and browsing optimization.” The page explains that if you share the site you are currently browsing with Google with the intent to allow Google to process it to “understand the browsing behaviour“, Google will reward you with: Faster browsing: For example, proactively load specific further content based on the current page Improved browsing: For example, suggestions in the Omnibox before you start typing Improved Chrome using page metrics Of course, Google is not completely honest on the page, since the company wants to understand YOUR browsing behaviour, not the nebulous 3rd person Google appears to be referring to. We assume at some point this page will be used to gain the consent of users for targeted advertising. Google’s FLoC proposal would have used your Chrome browsing history to categorise you into a small group of similar people and then pass this data to websites so they can deliver relevant ads. Of course, Google is not wrong in that much of the internet is funded by advertising, and being able to explicitly opt both into and out of the deal is a welcome improvement over assuming consent simply by using the browser. via techdows Google makes privacy trade-off more explicit in new Chrome Privacy Review settings page
  15. Software and extension stores that rely on automatic store submission reviews are more prone to fake and malicious extensions being offered. The latest addition to the growing number of Chrome Store extensions that fall into the category is called Microsoft Authenticator. The name suggests that it is an official product by Microsoft, but it is not. One hint that something is off is that the company that is offering the extension is not Microsoft Corporation but "Extensions". The app has 448 users and a three out of five stars rating at the store at the moment. It has been in the store since April 23, 2021. If you have read our guide on verifying Chrome extensions before installation, you know that direct information such as the developer may provide hints that something may be fishy. The developer email address looks like one of those fake email addresses used for poising or spam sending; it uses a Gmail address, and not an official Microsoft address. A look at the reviews includes several warnings from other users, but also some that praise it. The latter are likely fake and used to instill a level of trust in users who check the reviews before trying the extension. A quick check of Microsoft's Authenticator homepage reveals that it is available as a mobile application, and as a Microsoft Store version, but not as a browser extension. The Microsoft Authenticator application cannot be used to authenticate Microsoft account sign-ins or any other sign-in for the matter. It displays a basic page with the option to "run Microsoft Authenticator". A click on the button opens a Polish webpage that redirects to another webpage automatically asking for a sign-in or the creation of an account. Closing Words In this case, it is pretty obvious that the extension is not legitimate but fake. Still, more than 400 users have installed the extension already and it is possible that the count will increase in the coming days or weeks. Much of it depends on Google and whether the company will do something about it. Now You: do you vet extensions before you install them? Source
  16. Google Chrome will no longer show whether a site you are visiting is secure and only show when you visit an insecure website. For years, Google has been making a concerted effort to push websites into using HTTPS to provide a more secure browsing experience. To further push web developers into only using HTTPS on their sites, Google introduced the protocol as a ranking factor. Those not hosting a secure site got a potentially minor hit in their Google search results rankings. It has appeared to have worked as according to the 'HTTPS encryption on the web' of Google's Transparency Report, over 90% of all browser connections in Google Chrome currently use an HTTPS connection. Google Chrome HTTPS usage by platform Source: Google Currently, when you visit a secure site, Google Chrome will display a little locked icon indicating that your communication with the site is encrypted, as shown below. Security indicator shown in address bar As most website communication is now secure, Google is testing a new feature that removes the lock icon for secure sites. This feature is available to test in Chrome 93 Beta, and Chrome 94 Canary builds by enabling the 'Omnibox Updated connection security indicators' flag. Security indicators to be removed in Google Chrome With this feature enabled, Google Chrome will only display security indicators when the site is not secure, as shown below. Showing 'Not secure' indicator for insecure sites For businesses who wish to have continued HTTPS security indicators, Google has added an enterprise policy for Chrome 93 named 'LockIconInAddressBarEnabled' that can be used to enable the lock icon again on the address bar. How to disable Chrome's security indicators For those who want to test out the disabling of Chrome security indicators feature, you can enable it in Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary using these instructions. Enter chrome://flags in the address bar and press enter. Search for 'security indicators.' When the 'Omnibox Updated connection security indicators' flag is shown, click on 'Default' and select 'Enabled.' Omnibox Updated connection security indicators Chrome flag Now relaunch the browser when prompted. Google will no longer show you if a site is secure and only show an indicator when you visit an insecure site. Google Chrome to no longer show secure website indicators
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  18. Chrome now features better privacy and security without draining the battery Google Chrome 92 is rolling out later today with a number of enhancements such as Bluetooth device filtering, enhancements to PWAs, and deprecation of a payment handler configuration. Now, the company has detailed certain privacy- and security-related features that it is rolling out to Chrome today as well. Chrome users may have noticed that some sites ask for extra permissions such as microphone and location. To allow you to keep track of what permissions a site is utilizing, you can simply click on the lock icon in the address bar which now shows an updated panel showing the permissions you have granted. You can toggle these permissions as well. Currently, this capability is only present on Android phones and tablets. Google says that future enhancements will also include the ability to delete the site from your browsing history. Improvements are being made to Chrome Actions as well. For those unaware, this feature was introduced in Chrome 87 in November 2020, and enables users to perform actions such as deleting history or cookies right from the address bar of the browser. Today, it is getting new actions such as the ability to type "safety check" to validate the security of your passwords and scan for malicious extensions. Other actions include "manage security settings" and "manage sync". Finally, on the security front, Google is expanding Site Isolation on Chrome. In-depth technical details can be found on the technical blog here, but in a nutshell, the capability isolates sites and extensions from each other so a malicious extension or site is not able to steal your data from another website. The feature is being expanded to cover more websites and extensions. The company has boasted that with new image processing techniques in Chrome, it has also made phishing detection 50 times faster with the process draining even lower battery than before. You can find out more details about this here. Chrome now features better privacy and security without draining the battery
  19. Google is working on a new Privacy Review feature in Chrome Google has added a new feature to their Settings in their Chrome browser. The new Privacy and Security review feature, when working, will help users “review their most important privacy and security controls in one place“. The feature can be enabled using the “Privacy Review” flag in chrome://flags but is currently non-functional, delivering only a dummy experience. The setting is somewhat ironic given Google’s plans with FLoC to turn Chrome into an engine to spy on users and share their findings with advertisers and random websites, but fortunately for now those plans are on hold. via Techdows Google is working on a new Privacy Review feature in Chrome
  20. Google is adding a screenshot tool to Chrome Sharing information via screenshot is becoming increasingly mainstream, likely due to how easy it is to annotate screenshots and the high level of support for images on all social networks. Google appears to be looking to add a screenshot sharing feature to their Chrome browser, reports Leo Varela on Reddit. Chrome already has a screenshot tool, but this is buried in their developer tools. A new patch on the Chromium Gerrit revealed the new option to share a web page via screenshot, which can be seen above. As yet it has however not been implemented. Like the Windows snip tool, it appears the feature will let you capture only part of the screen, and also annotate the resulting screenshot. The addition of the tool would help Google catch up with Edge, which already has extensive website screenshot support. Google is adding a screenshot tool to Chrome
  21. Changelog: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2021/07/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html Downloads: Consumer x86 (70.3 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/acbk2p6d7tnkvp2drf2henkbmfua_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe Consumer x64 (72.7 MB): http://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe http://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://edgedl.me.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://redirector.gvt1.com/edgedl/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe http://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://dl.google.com/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe https://www.google.com/dl/release2/chrome/acnvpw5foavblqygnfjpxzoktvmq_91.0.4472.164/91.0.4472.164_chrome_installer.exe Enterprise MSI: x86 (72.8 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise.msi x64 (75.2 MB) https://dl.google.com/dl/chrome/install/googlechromestandaloneenterprise64.msi Linux: x64 (79.7 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb x86 (79.3 MB) https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm Mac: (98.3 MB) https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg
  22. Google Chrome will add HTTPS-First Mode to keep your data safe Google will add an HTTPS-First Mode to the Chrome web browser to block attackers from intercepting or eavesdropping users' web traffic. "Beginning in M94, Chrome will offer HTTPS-First Mode, which will attempt to upgrade all page loads to HTTPS and display a full-page warning before loading sites that don't support it." Google said. "Users who enable this mode gain confidence that Chrome is connecting them to sites over HTTPS whenever possible, and that they will see a warning before connecting to sites over HTTP." By upgrading all connections to websites to HTTPS, Google Chrome 94 will protect users from man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks trying to snoop on or alter data exchanged with Internet servers over the unencrypted HTTP protocol. HTTPS-First Mode already available for Chrome Canary users BleepingComputer has reported earlier this month that Google's web browser will get an HTTPS-Only Mode for secure browsing. The new feature is currently being tested in the Chrome 93 Canary preview releases for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android. If you want to test the experimental feature right now, you will have to enable the "HTTPS-Only Mode Setting" flag by going to chrome://flags/#https-only-mode-setting. This will add an "Always use secure connections" option to Chrome's security settings which, once enabled, will set up the web browser to upgrade all navigation to HTTPS and show alerts before loading websites that don't support it. HTTPS all the way Google is not the first web browser vendor to consider, including automatically upgrading all navigation to HTTPS. For instance, Mozilla added an HTTPS-Only Mode starting with Firefox 83 to secure web browsing by rewriting URLs to use the HTTPS protocol (even though disabled by default, this feature can be enabled from the browser's settings). Microsoft Edge now can also be set up to switch users to secure HTTPS connections when connecting to websites over HTTP after enabling a new experimental Automatic HTTPS option available in the Canary and Developer preview channels, with an estimated release later this month. Google has also previously updated Chrome to default to HTTPS for all URLs typed in the address bar if the user doesn't specify a protocol. "While we are excited to see users adopt HTTPS-First Mode in future versions of Chrome, HTTP connections will still continue to be supported and Chrome will take additional steps to protect and inform users whenever they are using insecure connections," Google added. "Continuing from our past efforts to restrict new features to secure origins and deprecate powerful features on insecure origins, we'll evaluate a broad set of web platform features to determine if they should be limited or restricted on HTTP webpages." Google Chrome will add HTTPS-First Mode to keep your data safe
  23. Google Chrome will get an HTTPS-Only Mode for secure browsing Google is working on adding an HTTPS-Only Mode to the Chrome web browser to protect users' web traffic from eavesdropping by upgrading all connections to HTTPS. This new feature is now being tested in the Chrome 93 Canary preview releases for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android. While no official announcement has been made yet, HTTPS-Only Mode [1, 2] will likely start rolling out on August 31, when Chrome 93 is expected to reach stable status. Google has previously updated Chrome to default to HTTPS for all URLs typed in the address bar if the user specifies no protocol. How to test it right now If you want to test this experimental feature right now, you will have to first enable the "HTTPS-Only Mode Setting" flag by going to chrome://flags/#https-only-mode-setting. This adds the "Always use secure connections" option to the browser's security settings which, once enabled, will set up Chrome to automatically upgrade all navigation to HTTPS and display alerts before loading websites that don't support it. The HTTPS upgrades will be automatic with no warnings to allow you to browse the Internet without interruptions over a secure connection wherever possible. Google is not the first major web browser vendor to consider adding an option to enable HTTPS on all websites automatically. For instance, Microsoft Edge now can be configured to switch users to secure HTTPS connections when visiting websites over HTTP after enabling a new Automatic HTTPS option available in preview in the Canary and Developer preview channels, with an estimated release in July. Mozilla has also added an HTTPS-Only Mode which secures web browsing by rewriting URLs to use the HTTPS protocol (although this feature is disabled by default, it can be enabled from the browser's settings). Protection from MITM attacks, traffic tampering By upgrading all connections to websites to HTTPS, Google Chrome will protect users from man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks trying to snoop on data exchanged with Internet servers over the unencrypted HTTP protocol. Sensitive info sent and received over HTTP (such as passwords, credit card info, and other similar data) can also be harvested by malware running on users' compromised computers. HTTPS also makes sure that attackers trying to intercept your web traffic won't alter data exchanged with Internet sites without being detected. By ensuring that you're always using HTTPS when browsing the web when HTTPS-Only Mode is active, Google Chrome helps secure your data in transit by encrypting all connections to sites' servers. Google Chrome will get an HTTPS-Only Mode for secure browsing
  24. Google fixes seventh Chrome zero-day exploited in the wild this year Google has released Chrome 91.0.4472.114 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to fix four security vulnerabilities, with one of them a high severity zero-day vulnerability exploited in the wild. This version, released today, June 17th, 2021, to the Stable desktop channel, has started rolling out worldwide and will become available to all users over the next few days. Google Chrome will automatically attempt to upgrade the browser the next time you launch the program, but you can perform a manual update by going to Settings > Help > 'About Google Chrome'. No details on zero-day attacks in the wild "Google is aware that an exploit for CVE-2021-30554 exists in the wild.," the company's announcement reads. The zero-day is caused by a use after free weakness in the WebGL (Web Graphics Library) JavaScript API used by the Chrome web browsers to render interactive 2D and 3D graphics without using plug-ins. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could lead to arbitrary code execution on computers running unpatched Chrome versions. Although Google says that it is aware of CVE-2021-30554 in the wild exploitation, it did not share info regarding these attacks. "Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix," the company said. "We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed." Google fixed three more high severity use after free bugs today in Chrome's Sharing, WebAudio, and TabGroups components, tracked as CVE-2021-30555, CVE-2021-30556, and CVE-2021-30557. Seventh Chrome zero-day exploited in the wild this year Today's update fixes Google Chrome's sixth zero-day exploited in attacks this year, with the other five listed below: CVE-2021-21148 - February 4th, 2021 CVE-2021-21166 - March 2nd, 2021 CVE-2021-21193 - March 12th, 2021 CVE-2021-21220 - April 13th, 2021 CVE-2021-21224 - April 20th, 2021 CVE-2021-30551 - June 9th, 2021 In addition to these zero-days, Kaspersky reported that a threat actor group known as Puzzlemaker is chaining Chrome zero-day bugs to escape the browser's sandbox and install malware on Windows systems. "Once the attackers have used both the Chrome and Windows exploits to gain a foothold in the targeted system, the stager module downloads and executes a more complex malware dropper from a remote server," Kaspersky said. Project Zero, Google's zero-day bug-hunting team, also unveiled a large-scale operation where a group of hackers used 11 zero-days to attack Windows, iOS, and Android users within a single year. Google fixes seventh Chrome zero-day exploited in the wild this year
  25. Improve the audio muting capabilities of your browser with Smart Mute Smart Mute is a browser extension for Google Chrome that extends the audio muting functionality of the browser. While designed for Chrome, it does install and work fine in other Chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft Edge. Chrome users have one default option when it comes to controlling audio in the browser. A right-click on a tab displays the context menu option "mute site" which stops audio playback for the entire site. Google changed the option some years ago from muting individual tabs to muting the entire site. Extensions such as Tab Muter may be used to bring back tab muting in Chrome. Note: The extension mutes audio, but it does not interfere with playback. Firefox users may want to check out our guide on muting all sites by default in Firefox. Smart Mute for Chrome Smart Mute falls in the same category, but it extends the functionality further by adding whitelist and blacklist options, a silent mode for the browser, and options to exclude pinned tabs. The extension adds its icon to the main toolbar of the browser after installation. It does not request any extra permissions during install, but will do so when you start to use the whitelist/blacklist feature. If you don't use it, the extra permission is not required. You manage and control the extension through its icon. Select it to display its interface; there you find options to mute the active tab in the browser. Other webpages of the same site are not muted when you use the feature, which means that Chrome's original feature is restored by the extension. A mute icon is displayed in the tab but you cannot interact with it as it is not powered by the extension, but by Chrome itself. Besides individual tab muting, Smart Mute supports a feature that it calls Silent Mode. If you prefer to mute all audio in the browser, you may use Silent Mode for that. It mutes every audio playback in the browser, and may be useful in some situations. While you may also mute audio of individual programs using operating system features, using the option directly in the browser may be easier. Silent Mode can be combined with the extension's other options. Pinned tabs can be excluded, so that audio will play in these tabs. The Whitelist/Blacklist feature works well together with Silent Mode as well. Whitelist a site to allow it to play audio, even with Silent Mode enabled. Closing Words Smart Mute is a useful extension for users of Chromium-based web browsers who want more control over the audio muting functionality. Now You: do you use muting functionality or extensions? Landing Page: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/smart-mute/apadglapdamclpaedknbefnbcajfebgh/related Improve the audio muting capabilities of your browser with Smart Mute
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