Rejoice, Chrome 76 is here and it blocks Flash by default
It does a bunch of other nifty stuff too.
Chrome released the 76th version of its browser yesterday. Along with a bucket-list of security fixes and other developer-focused tweaks, it brought one super important update.
Adobe Flash is now blocked by default, ahead of the promise made by Adobe to kill Flash off in 2020.
That simple change makes the billion or so users safer on the internet, as Flash has long been a backdoor for malware and other internet nasties.
Chrome 76 now blocks Adobe Flash by default
The internet let out a sigh of relief yesterday when Google turned on blocking for Adobe Flash by default in its Chrome browser.
More updates brought along with Chrome 76:
- The bug allowing websites to detect if you’re in Incognito Mode has also been patched
- Progressive Web Apps are now easier to install on the desktop
- The lazyload feature policy has been removed
- Multiple security holes have been patched (this is enough of a reason to update on its own)
If you’re an iOS user of Chrome, there are some goodies for you as well
The most useful is that when you sign up for a new site, you’ll get a suggestion for a strong and unique password on your keyboard.
Other than that, Find In Page now works on iFrames, including AMP content. Your History will sync more reliably, and you can control all your Sync and Google service settings in one place.
Android users of Chrome are getting the update now, but we haven’t seen a changelog yet so we don’t know exactly what the changes. Probably changes to how Progressive Web Apps are handled, along with a few other tweaks.
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