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Google's adding some more security features to its Chrome browser, with the first changes rolling out to Windows users today. The update improves both Chrome and Google's Chrome Cleanup Tool, which monitors extensions attempting to modify user settings like default search engines, along with malware designed to insert additional ads in your browser window. Perfect timing, considering the recent spate of Chrome extensions found collecting user data, impersonating more popular Chrome extensions, and even mining cryptocurrency without user consent.
Being a parent can feel like a never-ending routine of Good Cop/Bad Cop, and for today's generation of child rearers, that includes laying down the law on the digital frontier.
Sure, you need to finish that PowerPoint presentation for next week, but it won't hurt to just check Facebook real quick and see if Mark posted pictures from the party last weekend. And then make a quick online order. And you really should like a few photos in that gallery... It's easy to waste a few minutes (or a few hours) on the web without realising it.
The writing has been on the wall for FTP for years now and while it'll continue to serve an important role for the web behind the scenes, a browser isn't the best way to interact with the protocol. Debian will give it the punt in a couple of months and now Google will soon flag FTP sites as "not secure".
There are two kinds of people in this world: impossibly organised saints... and all the rest of us, with our 27 tabs open in Chrome at any given time. Sure, keeping all those tabs open is its own kind of organisation -- I'm saving this to read later, I need that open for reference -- but when one of those pages becomes unresponsive and we need to force-quit Chrome, the whole house of cards comes crashing down.
Google cleverly designed Chrome to prevent inevitable website crashes from bringing down the entire browser. But that stability comes at the cost of tremendous RAM usage when you have countless tabs open. There are tools you can use to help curb Chrome's memory appetite, but turning tab maintenance into a game might be the best solution.
Your favourite technology company, Google, is working on an upcoming feature that could put the kibosh on autoplaying videos for good. Soon you'll be able to silence the worst offenders permanently, saving you the headache of searching for a mute button over and over again.
Slowly, steadily, Google has been adding features to Chrome to give users more control over the multimedia powers of tabs. Flash was the first target and over the last few years, audio has clearly been the follow-up. Now it seems Google plans to provide the ultimate in sound gatekeeping -- muting of entire websites.
Despite its reputation for getting constantly hacked, cryptocurrency like Bitcoin remains a hot commodity. If you've got a Satoshi or two in your wallet, you probably want to stay up to date on its value to make sure you don't lose your shirt if (let's be real, when) it crashes. That's where Bitcoin Tracker comes in.
Most of us have heard of Google’s well-publicised moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more. While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can’t use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly useful that you might not even know existed. For example: Did you know Google has a massive free library of fonts?
Here are some of the under-the-radar services Google offers.
Mac: Some of the most popular apps on your phone most likely have a web-friendly version. Facebook and Twitter both started on the web, after all. But Instagram is different, and not exactly web-friendly, which makes it a hassle if you prefer to edit your photos on your desktop (large screens are still cool!) instead of your phone. There is an Instagram app for Windows 10 users, but Mac owners are out of luck.
We've gotten so used to drag-and-drop working everywhere that when an app refuses to accept an image or document that's clinging desperately to your cursor, it comes as a surprise. The "drag" part of the operation is usually more restricted, except in the case of Google Chrome, where even the download bar is getting in on the action.
You may have noticed in your travels around the internet that your browser's address bar occasionally turns green and displays a padlock -- that's HTTPS, or a secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, swinging into action. This little green padlock is becoming vitally important as more and more of your online security is eroded. Just because your ISP can now see what sites you browse on doesn't mean they have to know all the content your consuming.