Google has release Chrome 71 to the Stable desktop channel, which means it is now available for everyone to download. This version comes with a bunch of new features, with most of them focusing on protecting users from abusive ads, deceptive billing pages, and unwanted autoplay audio.
Google developers have wanted to remove FTP support from Chrome for years and an upcoming change in how files stored on FTP servers are rendered in the browser may be the first step in its ultimate removal.
Google is adding the ability to remove force-installed extensions, or ones installed by Windows group policies, to the Chrome Cleanup Tool.
Web developers can use the SpeechSynthesis API to convert text on a web page into synthesized audio speech. While this feature is great for accessibility and audio queues, it is being abused by advertisements and low quality/scammy web sites.
An internal Google Chrome page allows users to see all interstitial warnings or notifications that may be encountered while browsing the web with Chrome.
Starting in Chrome 71, Google will warn Chrome users when they are visiting pages that use deceptive forms to sign visitors up for mobile subscriptions.
Google has announced that starting in December 2018, Chrome 71 will remove all ads on sites that have repeatedly performed abusive behavior.
In a coordinated announcement, Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Mozilla have stated that they will be retiring the TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 secure communication protocols beginning in 2020.
In an announcement today, Google has stated that they are dropping the hammer on malicious extensions and will no longer tolerate ones that ask for powerful permissions for no reason, use external scripts, or obfuscate their code.
In Chrome 71, Google is performing an experiment where the browser will show a Google search query in the address bar instead of the Google search results URL.
In a blog entry posted today, Chrome product manager Zake Koch explains that even though they introduced unwanted changes with good intentions, based on user feedback they have decided to roll them back and give users more control over how their browser behaves.
There's a new extension in the marketplace that brings dark mode to websites like BleepingComputer, Facebook, Google, Quora and others. Called Night Eye, the extension basically tweaks the contrast within the websites to dark grey.
It has been discovered that when you try to clear all cookies in the Chrome browser, every cookie will be deleted except for authentication cookies created by Google. This means that after clearing cookies, you will be logged out of every site that you are currently logged into, except for Google.
With the release of Chrome 69, it was discovered that when you log into your Google account, or any Google service for that matter, you will also be automatically logged into Chrome whether you want to or not.
According to a Chrome Gerrit entry, Google plans to do away with the file:// URI scheme in the address when opening local files. This is because Chrome 70 will include a new File notification that performs a similar purpose.
Google has made it so you can see the WWW and M subdomains in Chrome 69 again, but have stated that they will strip WWW again in Chrome 70.
Microsoft has started to test a new feature in Windows 10 Insider builds that displays a message promoting Microsoft edge when a user attempts to install a competing browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Vivaldi, or Opera.
With the release of Chrome 69 for iOS, Google has moved the browser's navigation bar to the bottom of the user interface and people are not happy about it.
With the release of Chrome 69, Google has decided to strip the "www" and "m" subdomains from the URL displayed in Chrome's address bar. For example, when a user visits www.bleepingcomputer.com, the www would be stripped and displayed as bleepingcomputer.com in the address bar.
Security researchers have discovered that the MEGA Chrome extension had been compromised to steal login credentials and cryptocurrency keys. Once it was discovered that the extension was replaced with a malicious variant, Google removed the extension from the Chrome Web Store.