Beta version of . The little twist of the feature allows to bypass paywalls. It could face opposition from sites that highly depend upon subscriptions and paywalls, like The New York Times, The Boston Globe and others.
These sites, for now, do not let users view articles in Private Browsing in Safari, Firefox or even in Incognito Mode in Chrome.
As Incognito Mode does not let site read or write cookies for a while and thus make it difficult for a publisher to analyze whether the user has reached their quota of free articles or either its paid access or not.
Seeing that the Incognito Mode allows reading an unlimited number of articles to users, The New York Times in February made it impossible to open articles in private mode.
Incognito Mode disables the Chrome browser API that is read by applications to read and write documents or cookies. Using this trick several publishers recognize Incognito users and block them.
In Chrome 76, FileSystem API implementations have changed and now websites will not be able to identify when Chrome will be in Incognito mode.
Chrome Incognito mode has been detectable for years, due to the FileSystem API implementation. As of Chrome 76, this is fixed.
Apologies to the “detect private mode” scripts out there. 💐
— Paul Irish (@paul_irish)
Other than this, Flash will be disabled by default in Chrome 76 and can be opted-in by going to chrome://settings/content/flash.
Chrome has been encouraging the use of HTML5 for fast browsing experience. Recently Google announced that it will be removing Flash plug-in by the end of 2020, as Adobe itself will soon stop supporting Flash.
An additional button will be added to Omnibox, making it easier for users to on the desktop. A little code will also be added to show the dark mode of the website to users who prefer it.
It is expected that the latest Chrome 76 will be made available by 30th July this year.
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