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Chrome 92 improves phishing protection, adds more Chrome Actions

Chrome 92 improves phishing protection, adds more Chrome Actions

Everyone talks about steps to take in protecting your security and privacy on the Web, but, to be honest, not all security measures are easy to understand or use. Some come with a plethora of options that overwhelm people, while others impact performance and the overall experience in exchange for better security. Chrome 92 was just released on all platforms to address those issues by making it easier to access relevant security and privacy settings and by mitigating the performance impact of certain security features.

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Chrome HTTPS-First Mode will show a full-page warning on insecure connections

Chrome HTTPS-First Mode will show a full-page warning on insecure connections

Google has been driving a crusade against elements that make the Web insecure and dangerous. Knowing that not all users might be aware of or want to make an effort to change their bad security practices, Google is trying to enforce security on its end using Chrome as its carrot and stick for website owners and administrators. For years, it has been pushing HTTPS as the one and only way for websites to serve content, but it hasn't been 100% successful. Now it is announcing upcoming features and changes to the Chrome browser that will deal with those HTTPS holdouts while still letting users decide their own fate at their own risk.

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Firefox 90 SmartBlock 2.0 lets you log in with Facebook in Incognito mode

Firefox 90 SmartBlock 2.0 lets you log in with Facebook in Incognito mode

The most basic kind of protection against tracking that web browsers offer is Private Browsing mode, a.k.a. Incognito Mode that often blocks third parties and even the browser itself from tracking your movement through the Internet. This basic privacy measure isn't perfect, and it also causes some functionality to break. Unfortunately, one of those is being able to sign in to sites and services using a Facebook account, a problem that Firefox 90's new SmartBlock 2.0 is finally fixing.

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Opera browser is now Chromebook optimized with new features added

Opera browser is now Chromebook optimized with new features added

When it comes to alternative browsers for desktop users on Windows or Mac platforms, there are many options. However, those who use Chromebooks didn't have any alternatives to Chrome until now. Opera has announced that it has launched the world's first alternative browser optimized for Chromebook users.

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Chrome Web Store new policies target spam and deceptive tactics

Chrome Web Store new policies target spam and deceptive tactics

The Web can be a scary and dangerous place, and web browsers are continually trying to make it safer for users. Unfortunately, attacks can come not just from websites but also from within the browser itself. That may not come from vulnerabilities and bugs in the browser but from the extensions that advertise new functionality, sometimes deceptively. Almost mirroring the situation on Android, Google's Web Store for Chrome extensions has become notorious for hosting questionable software, and Google is cracking down on some of those extensions with a new set of policies to combat spam.

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Opera 77 “R5” makes video chats pop out of the way

Opera 77 “R5” makes video chats pop out of the way

Video chats, be it personal or meetings, have taken over people's online lives these days in more ways than one. On the one hand, it has become the prevalent way people communicate safely with family, friends, and colleagues. On the other hand, video conferencing apps are designed to take up your entire screen or even just your browser. In Opera's latest release, it is giving a little bit of control back to users by letting you go through your other tabs while your video chat is happening in some corner of the web browser.

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Google FLoC delay means third-party cookies will stick around longer

Google FLoC delay means third-party cookies will stick around longer

Google's Privacy Sandbox, particularly its Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, had the grand ambition of making third-party cookies unnecessary for target advertising, thereby protecting people's privacy even while making money from them. Like many of Google's grand ambitions, FLoC was met with no small amount of criticism and pushback. The company still maintains its position on the benefits of FLoC and its innocence from alleged ulterior motives. To give time to address those concerns, it is taking a small step back and delaying FLoC's implementation to 2023.

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Tab sharing feature lands on stable version of Microsoft Edge

Tab sharing feature lands on stable version of Microsoft Edge

Some browsers allow users to share tabs they have opened between devices easily. The big benefit of sharing tabs between devices is that you don't have to create an email or instant message using an application to send something you want to look at from your computer to your phone or vice versa. Microsoft Edge received support for tabs sharing in the Canary Channel for the desktop and mobile browsers in April.

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Chrome for iOS experiment brings Face ID lock for Incognito tabs

Chrome for iOS experiment brings Face ID lock for Incognito tabs

Incognito mode, which also goes by Safe Browsing or Private Browsing names, has become a common method these days for less technical users to protect themselves from online spying. The basic idea is that the browser won't keep a log of where users go and also block cookies that would let websites track users as well. As a lawsuit against Google indicates, that isn't a foolproof system and different browser makers might interpret the restrictions differently. All privacy also goes out the window when unauthorized persons have physical access, which is why Google is bringing Face ID security to Chrome on iOS.

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Vivaldi 4.0 browser brings significant changes with new beta features

Vivaldi 4.0 browser brings significant changes with new beta features

Vivaldi says Vivaldi 4.0 is its most significant launch of the year, and the goal is to give users an alternative to Big Tech. The 4.0 update for the browser brings expansion of its integrated tools in the browser along with major additions, including Vivaldi Translate and beta versions of Vivaldi Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader.

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Chrome 91 is boasted to be 23% faster thanks to JavaScript improvements

Chrome 91 is boasted to be 23% faster thanks to JavaScript improvements

Despite the obsolescence and, now, death of Flash, the Web has never been richer and more interactive. That's partly thanks to JavaScript, the much-maligned yet also widely-used programming language that powers the Web and many apps both on the Web and even on desktops. Its power doesn't come without a price, though, and JavaScript performance has always been the bane of web browsers, which is why Google is so proud of how it has made the latest Chrome release significantly faster and uses less memory, which will be music to users' ears.

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Chrome “Follow” experiment brings Google Reader back from the dead

Chrome “Follow” experiment brings Google Reader back from the dead

Almost eight years ago, Google retired its Google Reader service much to the dismay of its many users. Reasons presented for its demise varied but most of those revolved around how the open yet outdated RSS format has seemingly gone out of fashion in lieu of social media. Of course, RSS feeds are still alive and kicking and, almost ironically, Google is playing around with a Chrome feature that acknowledges that while somewhat bringing Google Reader back as a built-in feature in the web browser.

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