Google Chrome 66 release for Windows, Mac, Linux: Here's what is new

Google launches Chrome 66 stable desktop update with several tweaks and security fixes

The latest version of Google's hugely popular web browser blocks sound on autoplay content by default, replacing a feature which allowed Chrome users to block sound permanently on a site-by-site basis.

Other changes to Chrome mostly include bug fixes for improved security.

The new update supposedly handles it automatically via new policies that determine whether the media on the webpage must be allowed to play based on several conditions.

With the feature finally released, it should keep most sites quiet for you when you're browsing.

To be clear, you don't have any obligation to put Windows Defender in Chrome, even if you are running a Windows PC.

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The NSS Labs study was published a month after Google published reports it commissioned from two independent security firms comparing Chrome security features with IE 11 and Edge.

While Google will not entirely block videos in Chrome that are created to autoplay, users will have to trigger them to play manually.

Enabling the functionality is straightforward, just open a new Chrome tab and in the address bar type chrome://flags and search for Oculus and set the resulting option to enabled. In this users can go to the "Manage passwords", which will now have a Export passwords menu. Chrome 66 will warn visitors to sites using the certs that their connection is not private. It recently launched a built-in ad blocker for Chrome created to filter intrusive ads like pop-up ads, countdown ads that appear before a page loads, and large sticky ads.

Security measures are not forgotten in the new version of Chrome.

The news comes after the browser has also banned video, pop-up and other forms of intrusive adverts in February this year. To upgrade your browser, press on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your display and look for a green, orange, or red update icon.

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