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Google Chrome 76 update prevents sites from tracking you in incognito mode

Google now makes it tougher for websites to track users in incognito mode.

tech Updated: Jul 31, 2019 18:32 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
Google Chrome incognito mode loophole fixed.
Google Chrome incognito mode loophole fixed.(Google/Screenshot)
         

Developers and some paywall-based websites long exploited Google Chrome’s loophole that allowed them to track users even in incognito mode. Google is now finally fixing this with its latest Chrome 76 update. Google’s new Chrome version is rolling out for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.

Google earlier this month acknowledged that some developers were misusing FileSystem API to detect users in the incognito mode.

“With the release of Chrome 76 scheduled for July 30, the behavior of the FileSystem API will be modified to remedy this method of Incognito Mode detection. Chrome will likewise work to remedy any other current or future means of Incognito Mode detection,” Google had said.

Google is also cracking down websites still using Flash. The latest Chrome 76 update now blocks Flash modules on web pages by default. Users, however, still have the option to enable the flash. It is worth noting here that Adobe has already announced plans to shut down Flash by 2020.

Google Chrome 76 aims to make it easier for users to add Progressive Web Apps. “If your site meets the Progressive Web App installability criteria, Chrome will show an install button in the omnibox indicating to the user that your PWA can be installed. If the user clicks the install button, it’s essentially the same as calling prompt() on the beforeinstallprompt event; it shows the install dialog, making it easy for the user to install your PWA,” said Google on its developers page.

 

First Published: Jul 31, 2019 18:31 IST

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