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Google Pushes Out Another Chrome Update

This is the second update in a little over a week. This updates covers Windows, Mac and Linux and address a single high-severity security flaw. “Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2022-4262 exists in the wild,” the search giant said in a security advisory published on Friday. According to Google, the new version has started rolling out to users in the Stable Desktop channel, and it will reach the entire user base within a matter of days or weeks. Users can check for updates via Chrome menu > Help > About Google Chrome. via Bleeping Computer

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Have You Tried Restarting?

It is a running Tech Support joke: The user is asked if they have restarted their device. It is recommended you restart your devices (phones, tablets, music players and even PC’s) at least once a week. The 2-5 minutes it takes for the device to restart will save you a lot of time in the future with the increased performance. This is even more important for PC’s. A little background: Last week as I normally do towards the end of the week I pre-order our weekend pizza on Dominos. However, this time around Chrome refused to load the site and…

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Chrome Ending Windows 7 & 8.1 Support Next Year

Well, we knew this was bound to happen: Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% has announced starting with Chrome version 110 (expected release early February 2023) the browser will no longer be supported on machines running Windows 7 or 8.1. Users will need to be running Windows 10 or newer in order to use the newer versions of Chrome. Google’s decision to drop support for these platforms matches Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle policy, which lists the Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 7 and the Windows 8.1 end of support on January 10, 2023. Currently, Windows 7 is still running on over 10% of all…

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Updates to Google Chrome for Android

On Tuesday, October 18th Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% has released an updated version of Chrome for Android. This update focuses mostly on User Interface and Quality of Life improvements with tabs in the Android version of the browser. However, this update does not include the desktop feature Tab Groups. This feature will be added to the Android version of Chrome, just not with this release. Google has turned its attention to tablets with today’s Chrome on Android update, which focuses on improving tab navigation. The update introduces a side-by-side tab design that makes swapping open pages easier, and an…

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Weekly Roundup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, October 9th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! The Good Finally some good news with the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). Coming later this month….(may be as early as this ‘Patch Tuesday’ the 11th?) are the additional set of experiences for Windows 11. Two big features/experiences for those who have already upgrade to the 22H2 update will include the Tabbed File Explorer and improved taskbar. The Bad Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers for non-mobile users. Unfortunately, that popularity makes it a…

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Is Chrome Unsafe?

Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% Chrome is the most popular browser amongst non-mobile users. With that being said so far in 2022 there have been a lot of vulnerabilities (303 to be exact). Yes, that is a lot. However, given Chrome is the most popular browser it is only natural hackers/scammers are going to go out of their way to find exploits to maximize their profits. This is the same reason Microsoft Corporation 255,02 +0,33 +0,13% Window’s has always been the primary target for OS exploits because of the larger user base. When the World Wide Web took off in…

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Weekly Roundup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, October 2nd: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! This week’s picks are centered around user privacy. The Good Some browsers (looking at you Chrome) are going out of their way NOT to help protect their user’s privacy. It is a refreshing change to hear Brave, a privacy based browser built off of Chromium will automatically block cookie consent banners/pop-ups in future releases. One of the unfortunate side effects of the EU’s GDPR is those annoying ‘this site uses cookies, please accept them (so our advertisers…

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Google Delays turning off Chrome Manifest V2 until June 2023

Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% Google has pushed back their plans to disabling Manifest V2 based add-ons at least five-months. Previously Google planed to disable Manifest V2 based add-ons in January 2023. I am guessing some add-on developers (especially the Ad Blocking ones) are having trouble getting their add-ons to work user would prefer based on the new Manifest V3 guidelines. An update from the Chrome team says that they will proceed in careful, experimental steps, ensuring a smooth end-user experience during the phase-out of Manifest V2 in June 2023. During that time, Google will support extension developers with guidance…

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Spellcheck is a blessing and a curse. On one hand you get instant feedback if you mistype something. On the other hand, it causes people not to know how to correctly spell. However, if users have opted-in to use Chrome’s Enhanced Spellcheck or Microsoft Editor (add-on) in Edge, users could unknowingly be sending Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to Google or Microsoft. Users can check if they opted-in to use Chrome’s Enhanced Spellcheck. by entering: chrome://settings/?search=Enhanced+Spell+Check in the Chrome address bar. Enhanced spell check setting in Chrome needs to be opted-in (BleepingComputer) Now you may be wondering what kind of PII could I…

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Windows Defender Throwing False Win32/Hive.ZY Alert

Windows users world wide are in a panic today as Windows Defender is throwing a false Win32/Hive.ZY Alert when certain popular apps (including Microsoft’s own Edge browser) are opened. A bad Microsoft Defender signature update mistakenly detects Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Discord, and other Electron apps as ‘Win32/Hive.ZY’ each time the apps are opened in Windows. The issue started Sunday morning when Microsoft pushed out Defender signature update 1.373.1508.0 to include two new threat detections, including Behavior:Win32/Hive.ZY. Microsoft is aware of the issue and is pushing out new security intelligence updates. To check for new security intelligence updates Search for and open Windows…

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