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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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Google sets new privacy standards for Chrome extensions, but will they be enforced?

Browser extensions have become a critical attack vector, especially since many of them require access to all sites. Some malicious extensions were able to read passwords as you type them in or mine cryptocurrency in the background before Google removed them. Google has implemented several new changes for extensions over the past few months, and new ones will come into effect this October.

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Chrome might add support for scheduled notifications that even work offline

If you use Chrome, then you have probably seen it deliver a notification — or, at least, you've been to one of those sites that spams you with repeated requests to enable them, yuck. According to some changes spotted by Chrome Story at the Chromium Gerrit, that notification system could be picking up the ability to schedule notifications for the future.

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Google is increasing Chrome security bug bounty rewards

Google has several different vulnerability rewards programs tied to different products, and it pays out huge sums each year to researchers find these security bugs. This, in turn, protects users from data theft and other nefarious activity, so it's good to see that Google is increasing the bounties for its Chrome Vulnerability Rewards Program.

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[Update: More themes, improved interface] Chrome Canary 77 adds native themes and improved new tab shortcuts management

Google Chrome has always been pretty customizable through extensions, apps, and of course, themes from the Web Store, which allow you to give your browser a personal look. Now, Google appears to be working on integrating the latter right inside the browser itself, as a new flag surfaced on Chrome Canary that adds a theme picker in the Customize shortcut on the new tab page.

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Dark mode for Chrome webpage content no longer inverts image colors in Canary

Chrome is working on two different types of dark mode. The first one is an app-level theme that changes Chrome's title bar, new tab page, tab switcher, and settings. It's already live in Chrome 75 Stable and can be changed under Settings -> Themes. The second one is a forced dark mode for web page content, which inverts white sites (like ours, yes we know) to dark. This is still in development, but has just received one major improvement: it no longer inverts image colors.

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You can already edit saved Google passwords, but it's about to get a whole lot easier

One of the little known secrets of Google's online labyrinth of sites is passwords.google.com, a destination where you can view, copy, and delete all the passwords you've agreed to save with Google and/or Chrome. For a while, the site didn't let you edit saved passwords, but now it does. And that same functionality can be accessed inside Chrome on Android and desktop (and possibly other platforms too), but it requires a trick now. Soon though, it'll be implemented natively.

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Chrome to block resource-intensive ads by default in future release

A necessary evil though they may be to support our "free" web services, ads are kind of the worst. Even Google, a company whose very existence is predicated on ad revenue, seems aware of this: after blocking intrusive ads in Chrome, a new Chromium commit shows the company is intent on banishing resource-intensive ads, too.

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