Google released Chrome75 just a few days ago. The search giant is now working to bring some amazing new features in the upcoming release.
You may be surprised to learn that users be able to bypass paywalls in the upcoming release. In other words, the new Chrome will fool websites into thinking you’re not using incognito mode. This feature may not go well for websites that highly rely on paywalls and subscriptions.
Right now, users are not allowed to view the articles published on these sites. So, if you try to open articles in Chrome‘s Incognito Mode, you can’t view any articles. Users are usually asked to sign in to their accounts to access the full articles.
You’re using a browser set to private or incognito mode. To continue reading articles in this mode, please log in to your Globe account.
Chrome Incognito mode has been detectable for years, due to the FileSystem API implementation. As of Chrome 76, this is fixed.
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How do publishers detect Incognito Mode?
Let’s understand the science behind it. Websites cannot read or write cookies in Incognito Mode. Therefore, the publisher can not determine if the user has purchased the subscription or utilized the free quota. Hence, a user can get access to an unlimited number of articles.
However, Google changed the implementations of the FileSystem API in Chrome 76. The new implementations make it impossible for websites to detect any access in Incognito mode.
Chrome to remove Flash plug-in soon
Following Adobe’s decision to end support for Flash, Google also announced its plans to remove the Flash plug-in from Chrome by the end of next year.
Chrome says HTML5 offers faster browsing as compared to Adobe Flash player. Furthermore, you need to visit chrome://settings/content/flash to enable Flash in Chrome 76.
Chrome 76 will also feature a new button in Omnibox, making it possible for users to download progressive web apps. Most importantly, there is a piece of good news for dark mode fans. Chrome 76 brings support for dark mode too.
It is pretty much possible that publishers find a way to deal with this new feature. Google is currently testing Chrome 76 and the company plans to release a stable version by the end of July.
Speaking of browsers, you may also want to learn more about UR Browser. This privacy-focused web browsing solution blocks third-party trackers and ads for a fast and secure browsing experience.
For more information, check out our in-depth UR Browser review.
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