Chrome 76 launched, makes it easy to get past paywalls
A few weeks back, it was reported. Chrome 76 would make it more challenging to run Flash because Flash won’t down – as well as possibly make it much easier to sidestep article paywalls. Now this update is available.
If user comes across a paywall, he can visit the page in incognito mode. That’s it. I can’t imagine affected publishers will also be happy about the change.
That is sort of how incognito mode was always supposed to work – and how it used to. It blocks the ability of a site to read or write cookies on your devices, in theory preventing publishers from knowing how many articles you’ve read.
Publishers recently responded by only making articles unavailable altogether if they detect you’re in incognito mode. They did so by checking if a feature known as the FileSystem API was disabled in your browser to determine your browsing mode, whether it is incognito or standard.
Chrome 76 avoids the FileSystem API status from detecting. And indeed, we were able to get through the paywalls of each of the pages that we tested.
You should pay for subscriptions. But if you genuinely need to read that article, now you know what you have to do until publishers find another loophole.
As for Flash, Chrome 76 deactivates the plug-in by default, but the user can still activate it by going to chrome settings and in content settings can change Flash settings. That should be enough to avoid most people from using Flash, while still making it accessible for those who need it.
In Chrome 76,’ we’ve added support for:
• Prefers colour scheme media query, bringing a dark mode to websites.
• An install button in the Omni box to make installation of Progressive Web Apps on desktop easier.
• Preventing the mini in-fobar from appearing on Progressive Web Apps on mobile.
• More frequent updates of Web APKs.
• And plenty more.
In Chrome 76,’ we’re going to make it easier for users to install step by step Web Apps on the desktop. We will do so by merging an install button to the address bar, which sometimes is called the Omnibox.
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If your site meets the gradual Web App installability standards, Chrome will show an install button in the Omnibox. Which will indicate to the user that your progressive web app can be installed? If you click the install button, it’s necessarily the same as calling prompted on the before installation event; it shows the install dialogue, making it easy for the user to install your PWA(progressive web app).