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Google Chrome is preparing native password leak detection and less annoying notification prompts

While dedicated password managers are the way to go to stay secure online, Google Chrome has been offering basic credential management for a while. Advanced features such as password leak detection have been limited to (mostly) paid password managers or Chrome's competition in the form of Firefox Monitor (powered by Have I Been Pwned). Luckily, Google is working on feature parity with Firefox by including leak detection natively in Chrome for desktop and Android, and it's already live in Canary, the developer version of the browser. Another welcome change the company is working on are less annoying notification prompts from websites.

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Google wants to create new 'Privacy Sandbox' standards for online advertising and browsers

There's a very delicate balance when it comes to targeted advertising and violating user privacy — some folks even think it isn't possible to have both at all — but Google would like to establish a new set of standards for browsers that can allow the former without too much concern about the latter. The company is calling this initiative "Privacy Sandbox," and the company hopes it might help prevent privacy-violating workarounds like so-called "fingerprinting."

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Google Lens will likely come to Chrome for Android in a future update

In one form or another, Google Lens has been a useful companion to Android users for quite some time. Just as Google is trying to integrate Assistant with each and every service it offers, the company is also looking to expand the reach of Lens. On Tuesday, Chrome Story noticed evidence pointing to Lens integration in Chrome for Android that we can expect to see in a future version of the browser.

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[Update: New combined Single Surface UI] Chrome tab switcher gets 'Explore' tab in new UI experiment

Google's recommended articles already exist in the Google app, the far left page of most app launchers, the New Tab page in Chrome for Android, and on the mobile google.com homepage. In case you need yet another place to find your favorite clickbait articles or mildly-relevant news, you might soon see them in Chrome for Android's tab switcher.

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Chrome Beta 77 improves dark mode, lets sites change Enter key, and more

Chrome 76 was a massive release with a huge amount of changes and new features. Chrome 77 is a much smaller update by comparison, but there are still a few aspects worth highlighting. Without further ado, let's jump in!

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Chrome may soon add native clipboard sharing

One of Chrome's signature features is the option to sync your complete browsing experience across all devices you own. There are just a couple of notable exceptions from this synchronization though, including the option to access the same clipboard across multiple devices, which would allow you to copy and paste information from one computer to another (or to a phone). While some extensions can provide this ability, sharing everything you type with a browser add-on comes with inherent security risks. As such, Google appears to be working on native clipboard sharing capability, although we don't have a lot of details yet.

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Chrome for Android now has a contact picker for web apps

Slowly but surely, Chrome is filling in the remaining functionality gaps between native and web-based applications. The recent Chrome 76 update gave web apps the ability send files to (and receive files from) native Android apps, and now sites will get another feature native applications have had for years selecting contacts from your device.

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Google's Advanced Protection now flags and blocks risky downloads on Chrome

Google's Advanced Protection program puts as many obstacles between the information stored in your Gmail, Drive, and various other Google accounts — namely by requiring authentication through physical Titan Security Keys. Now, if you sync your tabs, passwords, and other credentials while browsing the web with Chrome, Google will hike up protections by alerting Advanced Protection users to risky downloads or even block them from occurring.

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Digital Wellbeing integrates with Chrome Canary to enable website usage limits

There have been previous reports that Digital Wellbeing would be coming to Chrome in Android Q, and we now know what this integration is going to look like. The least stable of the publicly available Chrome builds is the Canary channel and a recent update has added a flag that allows sharing of usage stats with the Digital Wellbeing app and also allows limits for individual sites.

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Chrome 76 breaks Incognito Mode detection, supports site dark themes, and even sneaks in a Tron reference

It has been around a month since Chrome 76 entered the Beta channel, and right on schedule, it has graduated to the Stable branch. The new browser is now rolling out on all platforms, including Android, and it's one of the largest Chrome updates we've seen in a long time. Let's dive right in!

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