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Firefox 90 drops FTP support completely for security reasons

Firefox 90 drops FTP support completely for security reasons

There was a time when you could do almost anything in a web browser or could at least install extensions to do what the browser natively can't. While the craze of turning browsers into Swiss Army knives has mellowed down a bit, there's still plenty of things you can do with the software that would normally require a separate app for the same task. Ironically, Firefox is moving in the opposite direction and is removing FTP functionality that has been a staple in web browsers for decades.

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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 92 released for iOS, Android, Beta beyond desktop

Chrome 92 released for iOS, Android, Beta beyond desktop

A new version of the Google Chrome web browser is available for Android devices and iOS devices as of this week. If you're using a mobile device right now without the latest version of Chrome, you'll see the Chrome 92 release available in your device's app store in the very near future. Depending on the device you have, you may have a Beta version available, too.

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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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Copy and Paste “Pickling” upgrade could move beyond text and basic images

Copy and Paste “Pickling” upgrade could move beyond text and basic images

Microsoft and Google are working together to bring new power to one of the most classic acts of computing in web browsing. Chrome and Edge-based web apps currently allow copy and paste action with images and text - but what about the rest? An update coming to the fold soon rolls with Pickle Clipboard APIs, making more formats compatible with copy and paste with "pickling."

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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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Instagram users can finally create posts with desktop web browsers

Instagram users can finally create posts with desktop web browsers

For the average user, snapping a picture with their phone and then uploading it on Instagram using the platform's mobile app is the most convenient sharing method. Instagram is more than just a casual social media platform, however, instead offering artists, brands, and companies the opportunity to share their work with others. In these cases, being restricted to mobile uploads is far more inconvenient.

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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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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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