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Google is currently rolling out its Chrome 66 update to users of the web browser on Mac and iOS. The Mac version now mutes autoplaying content by default, while both desktop and mobile versions include a passwords export option, security improvements and new developer features.

Mute autoplay was originally slated for Chrome 64, which introduced autoplay settings on a per-site basis, but the function got pushed back for unspecified reasons. However, Chrome 66 now rolls out the default behavior for all users, and feeds into Google's wider intention to make the media playback experience more consistent when users navigate the web.

Going forward, web-hosted media can only automatically play if it has no audio, if the user interacted with the page during a previous browsing session, or if the user frequently plays media on the site. Similarly on mobile, media can only autoplay if the site was added to the Home Screen by the user.

The new passwords export option was previously hidden in Chrome's backend flag menus, but Chrome 66 adds the option to the user-facing settings. That said, it's still not obvious how to generate the CSV file containing your login credentials, so we've published a separate how-to article that goes through the process step by step.

As for enhancing security, Chrome 66 follows through on Google's plan to deprecate Symantec-issued certificates, after the company failed to comply with industry security standards. The decision to end its trust for Symantec certificates was made when certificates for example.com and variations of test.com escaped into the wild.

Additionally, Chrome 66 includes a Site Isolation feature that offers additional protection from the Spectre CPU vulnerability, by forcing websites to run as different processes, with blocks to prevent them receiving certain types of sensitive data.

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Article Link: Google Chrome 66 Browser Adds Default Mute Autoplay Feature, Password Export, and More
 

rforno

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I still use Firefox. Safari on my MBA when on battery.

I was sitting in a meeting the other day w/a coworker whose MBA fans were churning away LOUDLY as she had 6 Chrome tabs running. She then grumbled that her battery was down 30% after a 75m meeting. I gave her appropriate advice, of course. :)
 
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RyanFromQA

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Wonder if this will fix the tab bar glitch when you detach external monitors. When I detach my monitors and wake my MBP from sleep with Chrome 65, the tab bar often is distorted to be half the screen tall. Have to go into and out of full screen to fix it.
 
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Stella

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Its a shame Apple only release major updates of Safari on an annual basis. Web technologies move fast, which makes Safari look old and crusty.
 
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Site isolation can be activated by entering chrome://flags/#enable-site-per-process in the address bar (, and pressing the "enable" button next to the feature)
 
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C DM

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Its a shame Apple only release major updates of Safari on an annual basis. Web technologies move fast, which makes Safari look old and crusty.
Don't (or at least can't) they release various Safari updates pretty much with any OS update?
 
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macduke

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If Safari would just add an option for browser tab icons then I would use it all the time. I've seen some hacky thing you can install to get them but I'd rather not mess with that and I think it can go weird if you have a bunch of tabs.
 
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C DM

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Aren’t they just bug fixes? Not major features.
I don't quite recall exactly off-hand, but I believe there are some features that make their way into those as well (perhaps not on the level of whole redesigns or something like that, but more than just bug fixes).
 
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campyguy

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Thanks for the auto-mute, Google. Next up - video autoplay options, pls?

For users of epichrome (the only reason I have Chrome loaded in one Standard User account!), after I updated Chrome, I had to open each of my epichrome SSAs/use the About menu option/close each SSA then reopen them before auto-mute worked.
 
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fairuz

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Chrome's password manager is great if you want things synced across Mac and Windows, but I hate the idea of using third-party password managers and don't use Windows anyway.
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I don't quite recall exactly off-hand, but I believe there are some features that make their way into those as well (perhaps not on the level of whole redesigns or something like that, but more than just bug fixes).
I think so too. They just tend to be a little behind on the standards. Maybe part if it is that Google makes a lot of the standards.

Well, at least they aren't jumping on stupid things that turn webpages into full-fledged programs, like WebUSB, a major security issue for certain hardware encryption devices.
 
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