Google Chrome 66 Update Will Now Block Autoplaying Videos With Sound By Default

The latest updated version release of Chrome for Mac and Windows will mute those annoying auto-playing videos. This feature has been identified as part of Chrome 64 released in January 2018 but was delayed for some sort of reasons. By blocking auto-playing videos, Google Chrome will also be able to reduce data consumption on their servers, improve the overall browsing experience, too.

What are the expectations from this? Chrome browser will autoplay videos that do not contain any audio or when the user shows an interest in a video. If you frequently play videos from a site or added a website to your Home screen or mobile hardware, its video content will automatically be played.

How exactly is this interest determined? You can find the Media Engagement Index on the basis of which the interest is calculated by simply navigating to chrome://media-engagement.

When the usual security enhancements are concerned, Chrome 66 also includes a small percentage trail of Site Isolation before its broader launcher. This feature will help in mitigating the risks posed by Spectre. In total, there are 62 security fixes in the latest release of Chrome. There’s still plenty of developer-facing changes and improvements in order to make sure to go through the entire changelog to know more about them. The update release notes also suggest the removal of trust for Semantic issued certificates after it was discovered that it was not following the industry standards.

If you visit a website that’s still using Symantec certificate, then, you can and will get a warning message about the page being insecure. Over on the mobile Chrome browser side, Chrome 66 download for Android and iOS brings the option to export all your saved passwords. The option is located under the Manage Password section of the browser.

Following the aforementioned way, you can easily transfer your data to a password manager like 1Password or LastPass for improved security. For more details on what’s new in Chrome 66 is right here.

Note: Chrome 66 requires OS X 10.10 or higher and drops support for Mac OS X 10.9, literally. Stay tuned for more!

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