Posts Tagged ‘chrome’

Microsoft Publishes Long-Awaited February 2017 Flash Update KB4010250

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Better late than never, I guess …

Microsoft announced last week that it would not release security patches on February’s Patch Day. In fact, the February Patch Day was canceled completely by the company; a first in the Patch Day’s history. Microsoft revealed that it would delay the February Patch Day to the March Patch Day. This means that the February 2017 security patches will be released alongside the March 2017 patches by the company. This would not be a problem where it not for known unpatched security issues. A SMB security issue was revealed on February 3rd, 2017 that affects Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows Server.

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How to Display Certificate Details in Chrome

Friday, February 10th, 2017

It bugs me to no end when software companies do this. When they move familiar tools and services to a hard-to-find location, it always feels like somebody broke into my office overnight and rearranged my desk, just for the heck of it.

Google is on a roll. After removing user control over some plugins installed in the browser, the company moved information about security certificates of sites to a place where most users may never find it. More and more sites on the Internet move to https. Doing so has advantages, but there is also a considerable amount of pressure by browser makers and search engines to get sites to migrate. Google is on the forefront of all of this. It may come as a surprise therefore that the company made the decision to move certificate information from the address bar to the browser’s Developer Tools.

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Google Wants You to Use an Up to Date Version of Chrome

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

If you’re using Chrome 53 or an earlier version, get ready to be pressured to upgrade.

Google, just like Microsoft and probably any other company on the planet that produces software, wants you to use the most recent version of their products and not older versions. The company tries to keep Google Chrome users current through various means, but most importantly updating services that will check for and download Chrome updates automatically whenever discovered. Google announced yesterday that it plans to tighten the screws just a little bit for users on older versions of Chrome.

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Page Not Found? Load Archived Copies with Wayback Machine for Chrome

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Wayback Machine isn’t just a very useful website, now it’s also a Chrome extension.

Wayback Machine is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that detects page error codes to suggest to access archived copies of the page. There is a saying that the Internet won’t forget a thing, and that it is difficult to impossible to remove content from the Internet completely. While that is the case, it is no rare occurrence that Internet users encounter deleted, redirected or temporarily unavailable pages or entire sites.

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Chrome to Throttle Expensive Background Pages

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Although this sounds like a good idea in many ways, the possibility of impacting notification services and messengers does seem like a serious drawback.

Google plans to roll out a change in Chrome Stable soon that will have the browser throttle timers in background tabs to improve battery life and browsing performance. The motivation behind the chance is that some pages consume a lot of CPU when they are in the background. Google mentions JavaScript advertisements and analytics scripts explicitly but it is not limited to that.
The core idea is to limit the processing power that background tabs get in Chrome once the feature lands.

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Chrome Annoyance – New Tabs No Longer Added to Tab Bar

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

If you’re in the habit of keeping a lot of tabs open in Chrome, you’ve probably noticed this too. Fortunately, there are a number of extensions that can correct this issue …

If you have a medium number of tabs open in a Google Chrome window, you may experience that new tabs that you open in the browser are not shown at all anymore in the interface. One big annoyance of Google Chrome is the browser’s tab display behavior in my opinion. Chrome reduces the size of tabs as you open more just like any other browser, but instead of enabling scrolling when tabs cannot be minimized anymore, the browser simply stops showing those new tabs in its interface.

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Warning – Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Installs Chrome Extension

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

There are few things that are more annoying than downloads that include additional software that I didn’t ask for.

When you install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe’s free PDF reader, you may notice that it installs a Chrome extension along with the update. Tip: Make sure you disable the offers on the download page to install True Key by Intel Security, and McAfee Security Scan Plus, as they will be installed alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader DC otherwise as well.

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Browser Autofill Data May be Phished

Friday, January 6th, 2017

This certainly comes as no surprise. Fortunately, some browsers offer ways to protect against phishing access to autofill data, but that still might not completely eliminate the problem.

Most modern web browsers support comfortable features like auto-filling forms on sites using data that you have entered in the past. Instead of having to enter your name, email address or street address whenever you sign up for a new account for instance, you’d fill out the data once only and have the browser fill out the fields for you any time they are requested afterwards.

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After Ignoring Linux for Years, Adobe Releases Flash 24 for Linux

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

With so many Windows based browsers slowly stepping away from Flash, perhaps Adobe sees Linux as the one place where Flash could still thrive. But why have they waited so long to take action?

Adobe has just released the first final Adobe Flash Player stable release, Flash Player 24, for GNU/Linux in years. The company announced back in September 2016 that it would bring back Flash for Linux from the dead. This came as a surprise as it had ignored Linux for the most part when it comes to Flash.

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Chrome: New Audio Focus Feature Launches

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

This appears to be a very popular feature that many browsers have been adding lately. An upcoming version of Firefox also allows audio to be muted on all tabs except the active tab.

Google just launched a new feature in Chrome Dev for the desktop and Chrome OS that when enabled ensures that only one audio source is playing at the same time. Did you ever run into multiple audio sources playing at the same time in the browser? While that may sometimes be desirable to some users, for instance to play low volume music and high volume voice audio, most users are probably irritated when two audio sources play at the same time.

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