Chrome 66 Silences Autoplay Videos

19 April, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Chrome 66 launched

For more information about this new Google Chrome 66 update and its official Changelog, you can go ahead and follow the official release by Google. The support page for Family Link on Chrome OS is now available to view, however it does contain some disappointing news, with Google advising that 'Currently, Family Link can only be used with Chromebooks in the United States.

Microsoft has released a Chrome extension named "Windows Defender Browser Protection" that ports Windows Defender's -and inherently Edge's- anti-phishing technology to Google Chrome.

While Google will not entirely block videos in Chrome that are created to autoplay, users will have to trigger them to play manually. For that matter, Google inserted the Site Isolation feature.

Google Chrome is one of the most widely used mobile browsers on the planet and the company continues to add new features to it to ensure that users don't move to another browser.

Autoplay will only be allowed when the media itself doesn't include sound, or when the user has indicated that they are interested in the media. Instead, users received the ability to mute sound on a site-by-site basis-something that was supposed to arrive in Chrome 63. Irrespective of whether the user actually made a decision to play to a video, or they were just reading an article.

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Google Chrome users who don't want to participate in the trial may load chrome://flags#site-isolation-trial-opt-out to opt-out of the trial by selecting opt-out (not recommended) as the default status. Users can just tap the new Search icon in Settings followed by Passwords. The search giant aims to completely block the third-party code injections starting with Chrome 72, which is expected in January 2019. According to the search giant, the update brings in CSS Typed Object Model (OM) Level 1 to lower the burden on the developer and browser "by exposing CSS values as typed JavaScript objects rather than strings".

Chrome got another boost in security, but this time from an unlikely place: Microsoft. And the new asynchronous clipboard will provide a "promised-based means of reading and writing to the clipboard".

Passwords saved on Google Smart Lock can now be exported to the latest version of the browser.

The extra safeguard has yet to make its way to other browsers, and with Firefox supposedly sitting as low as 70 percent efficiency in repelling bad links, it seems that something Microsoft will be investing in, within the coming months.


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