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Google releases Chrome and Chrome OS updates to fix zero-day security exploit

Google releases Chrome and Chrome OS updates to fix zero-day security exploit

Browsers are complicated pieces of software, and each release of Chrome includes fixes to address security flaws discovered both inside and outside of Google. However, there are sometimes security flaws that are frequently exploited before fixes can be widely rolled out, which has just happened with Chrome and Chrome OS.

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Chrome 86 steps up the fight against notification abuse

Chrome 86 steps up the fight against notification abuse

One more noteworthy feature snuck its way into Chrome 86. It's a small change, but it should help make a further dent in the growing problem of notification abuse. In this latest release, sites known for abusive notification content (things like distributing malware or falsely scaring users with fake system messages) will get the same silent treatment as sites that try to trick users into enabling notifications.

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Chrome 86 rolls out File System Access API, tests icons in overflow menu, and more (APK Download)

Chrome 86 rolls out File System Access API, tests icons in overflow menu, and more (APK Download)

Almost exactly one month after Chrome 86 appeared in the Beta Channel, it's now rolling out on the stable branch to all platforms (except Chrome OS, that should come next week). This update is definitely light on interface/functional changes, but there are plenty of new features lurking underneath. Let's dive right in!

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Chrome 86 will automatically check if your passwords have leaked and help you change them

Chrome 86 will automatically check if your passwords have leaked and help you change them

These days, we have a plethora of tools at our disposal that help us keep our online accounts safe, but no system is 100% fool-proof. And sometimes, login credentials do get hacked or are leaked. That's why many password managers have built-in breach checkers, and following the desktop version, Google Chrome for Android and iOS has also finally gained that ability. Starting with Chrome 86, the browser will notify you when passwords saved to your Google Account are compromised and help you change them as fast as possible.

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Google Chrome's overflow menu is about to get easier to navigate

Google Chrome's overflow menu is about to get easier to navigate

Google Chrome's overflow menu on Android has been rather hard to navigate for ages — it mostly consists of text-only entries, so whenever you try to find something in it without relying on muscle memory, you're forced to read through every single label. Google seems to recognize this problem, as it's experimenting with a redesigned menu in Chrome Beta that groups the entries and adds icons to each of them.

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Chrome Beta 86 rolls out Native File System API, makes changing stolen passwords easier, and more (APK Download)

Chrome Beta 86 rolls out Native File System API, makes changing stolen passwords easier, and more (APK Download)

Just last week, Chrome 85 rolled out to the stable branch across desktop and mobile platforms, with a heap of interface changes and new developer features. Chrome 86 has now graduated to the Beta Channel, and it mostly focuses on new capabilities for web developers. Let's jump right in!

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Chrome lets you check for compromised passwords in recent Android Canary release

Chrome lets you check for compromised passwords in recent Android Canary release

Chrome has had its password check feature for a while, but it isn't quite the same across platforms. The Android version of Chrome is starting to approach parity with the desktop version when it comes to password security, though, as a couple of features spotted in testing on a recent Canary release bring the desktop "check passwords" feature and "safety check" to Android.

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Chrome 86 will disable Autofill on insecure forms

Chrome 86 will disable Autofill on insecure forms

Autofill makes life easy in an internet full of sign-up forms, but some of those forms can be nasty little — well, some of them are quite lengthy — things that can spill private information all over the place. Starting in Chrome 86, Google's browser will prevent users from utilizing Autofill if the form transmit through an unsafe path.

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Google Chrome tests spammy notifications reminding you to use it

Google Chrome tests spammy notifications reminding you to use it

If you have a Windows PC, you're probably familiar with Microsoft's aggressive marketing tactics when it comes to its browser. The company automatically adds Edge to your taskbar after some updates, and it even sends you popups when you still won't use its Internet Explorer successor. It looks like Google is considering to introduce a similarly aggravating "feature" to Chrome for Android, as 9to5Google found out. It's working on push notifications that encourage you to use its browser when you haven't opened it in a while.

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Chrome working on a Read Later feature for desktops, 3 years after it added it on iOS

Chrome working on a Read Later feature for desktops, 3 years after it added it on iOS

For more than three years, you've been able to save articles for later via Chrome on iOS. Google never cared to introduce the feature on other platforms, but it looks like that's about to change rather soon. An entry spotted in the Chromium Gerrit (via Techdows) shows that the company is working on bringing a Read Later feature to Chrome OS, macOS, Windows, and Linux.

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