Chrome 66, Mac, Macbook, Apple

The Chrome 66 is rolling out today for Mac with policy changes and many user-facing features. This has an inclusion of a passwords export feature, new media autoplay behavior, and other security changes.

Chrome, in January, with the version 64, allowed the users to mute audio on a site-by-site basis to make the playback experience much more consistent. Presently Google is continuing those efforts with new policies that govern when media could use autoplay, or start automatically in Chrome 66. Media could autoplay when- the content is muted, or does not feature audio, the users previously clicked or tapped on the site during the browsing session, on the mobile, if the section has been added to the Home Screen by the user, and on the desktop, if the user frequently has played media on the site.

In the “Manage passwords,” there is a new overflow icon before the list of stored passcodes that reveals the “Export passwords” option. A prompt asks the users to confirm the download with their computer possibly asking them to enter their system credentials to proceed as the saved .csv file is in the clear text.

The Chrome 66, on the security front, eliminates trust for Symantec certificates after the company failed to follow the industry security standards. Announced last year in September, warnings would appear when visiting the sites that have not transitioned to the new DigiCert Certificate Authority.

Additionally, this version consists of another mitigation technique for the Spectre CPU vulnerability. With the Site Isolation enabled, the pages from various websites run in multiple processes with each process blocked from obtaining certain types of sensitive data from the other sites.

Google, with this version, is running a “small percentage trial”to prepare for a broader upcoming launch.


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