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Chrome 70 addresses Google’s auto-login issues, sort of

Ehh, it’s getting there.

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Google Chrome’s auto-login feature is closer to being roadkill with the release this week of Chrome 70. First introduced with Chrome 69 in September, the nasty feature automatically signed the browser into your Google account, if you had already signed into another Google property such as Google Search, Gmail, or YouTube. The update changes how this is handled as you can read below.

The auto-login feature was originally sold by Google as a way to achieve “sign-in consistency.” However, it was quickly criticized by the privacy community.

Matthew Green, for example, a cryptography expert and professor at Johns Hopkins University, said Google’s move fundamentally changed the sign-in experience. He noted that “Google needs to stop treating customer trust like it’s a renewable resource, because they’re screwing up badly.”

How auto-login works in Chrome 70

When it announced that Chrome 70 would remove auto-login, Chrome product manager Zack Koch said:

While we think sign-in consistency will help many of our users, we’re adding a control that allows users to turn off linking web-based sign-in with browser-based sign-in—that way users have more control over their experience. For users that disable this feature, signing into a Google website will not sign them into Chrome.

Opting out of auto-login in Chrome 70

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In Chrome 70, you’re given a choice to opt out of auto-login, rather than having it switched off by default. This is nice, but it still requires you to know a bit about what is going on and actively make the decision to turn the feature off. You can find the option to opt out in Preferences under the Privacy and Security section.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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