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Google’s Big Ad-Blocking Update Comes to Chrome: Here’s What We Know Google’s Big Ad-Blocking Update Comes to Chrome: Here’s What We Know

It’s been in the works for nearly a year and Google’s great ad-pocalypse is now upon us. On Thursday, the Chrome browser will begin to automatically filter out ads that don’t meet certain quality standards. Your browsing experience is about to change a little bit. Here’s what you need to know.

Google Will Soon Start Shaming All Sites That Don’t Use HTTPS as 'Not Secure' Google Will Soon Start Shaming All Sites That Don’t Use HTTPS as 'Not Secure'

HTTPS, or the secure version of the ubiquitous Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, can’t solve every problem when it comes to online security. As far as preventative measures go, however, it’s relatively cheap to implement and serves as a strong baseline before tackling other, more difficult issues.

The Latest Chrome OS Update Includes Another Patch to Combat Meltdown The Latest Chrome OS Update Includes Another Patch to Combat Meltdown

In the wake of Spectre and Meltdown, every major computing company is scrambling to try to find a way to fix, or at least address, the widespread security vulnerabilities at hand. And while things haven’t been going great over in the Microsoft camp after the company had to pull its latest security patch, today Google…

Chrome Will Soon Mute Autoplay Videos With Sound—Here's Why You Should Be Worried Chrome Will Soon Mute Autoplay Videos With Sound—Here's Why You Should Be Worried

Google has surveyed the advertising landscape that it dominates and determined that it’s time for a change. Beginning in January, its Chrome web browser will mute autoplay video ads with sound by default. The effort is being framed as a drive to clean up the web, but it could just as easily be interpreted as a…

Declutter Your Chrome Browser Tabs or This Tamagotchi Clone Will Die Declutter Your Chrome Browser Tabs or This Tamagotchi Clone Will Die

Google cleverly designed Chrome to prevent inevitable website crashes from bringing down the entire browser. But that stability comes at the cost of tremendous RAM usage when you’ve got countless tabs open. There are tools you can use to help curb Chrome’s memory appetite, but turning tab maintenance into a game…

Google's Safe Web Surfing Tool Is Quietly Protecting Apps Like Snapchat, Too Google's Safe Web Surfing Tool Is Quietly Protecting Apps Like Snapchat, Too

When Google’s Safe Browsing tool is working at its best, it’s invisible—a silent barrier between you and all the malware, phishing attempts, and other goblins lurking on the web. But every once in a while, you’ll see a glaring red warning when you try to visit a website that tells you to get the hell out of there.

How To Block Super Annoying Website Notification Requests In Chrome How To Block Super Annoying Website Notification Requests In Chrome

Nowadays every other goddamn site does it. You’re browsing the web, open a tab here, click a link there, and wham: Watchcartoons wants to 🔔! show notifications. YouTube wants to 🔔! show notifications. Facebook aches to—it must—🔔! show notifications. So what do you do? You block them, that’s what you do. God forbid…

How to Post Instagram Photos From Your Mac How to Post Instagram Photos From Your Mac

Mac: Some of the most popular apps on your phone most likely have a web-friendly version. Facebook and Twitter both started on the web, after all. But Instagram is different, and not exactly web-friendly, which makes it a hassle if you prefer to edit your photos on your desktop (large screens are still cool!) instead…

Google I/O 2017 Is Coming: What to Expect From the Future of Android, Chrome, and More Google I/O 2017 Is Coming: What to Expect From the Future of Android, Chrome, and More

Google’s annual I/O developer conference kicks off Wednesday, May 17th and continues through the end of the week. We’ll be on the ground at the show covering all the breaking news, but before then we’re taking a closer look at what we can expect from this year’s conference.

Google's Plan to Build Ad-Blocking Into Chrome Could Be a Very Good Thing Google's Plan to Build Ad-Blocking Into Chrome Could Be a Very Good Thing

It’s not just you, online ads are getting worse. Auto-play video has become a standard, pop-ups are back in a big way and those inline ads seem accidentally clickier all the time. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is well aware of this and it’s planning to add a built-in ad blocker to the Chrome browser. If…

8 Extensions That Should Make Your Browser a Little More Hacker-Proof 8 Extensions That Should Make Your Browser a Little More Hacker-Proof

The web can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a pretty dangerous place to venture out into—with phishing sites, drive-by downloads and other nasties lurking around every corner. If you’re browsing on Firefox or Chrome you should give your browser some extra muscle for keeping you safe online by installing one or more of…

The Latest Version of Chrome Will Prevent Tabs From Killing Your Battery Life The Latest Version of Chrome Will Prevent Tabs From Killing Your Battery Life

The latest version of Google Chrome (which is available now) will finally do something to prevent background tabs from killing your laptop’s battery.

How to Stop a Browser Tab From Randomly Blasting Music How to Stop a Browser Tab From Randomly Blasting Music

The simple HTML websites of old knew their place in your browser, but today’s sites are bursting with video, audio, and notifications that can be a constant distraction.

How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You  How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You 

The second you log onto the internet, you start leaving a trace that’s more telling than you think. Browsers can not only identify where you are in the world, but they collect a ton of other data too, such as where your mouse is hovering and when you launch a private browser window. Here’s a way to find out exactly…

The Most Useful Chrome Extensions Ever Made The Most Useful Chrome Extensions Ever Made

One of the great things about Google Chrome is that it offers thousands of third-party extensions that developers have come up with to add features, boost performance, and fix problems. Here are 17 Chrome extensions that we’d have a difficult time living without.

How to Make Chrome the Best Browser for Your Phone How to Make Chrome the Best Browser for Your Phone

Google doesn’t just want the Chrome browser dominating laptops and desktops of this world, it wants it on as many mobile devices as possible too. If you have Chrome installed on your iPhone or Android, there are a handful of ways you can make it even better than the default settings. Here’s how to make sure you’re…

How to Speed Up Your Netflix Binge Watching How to Speed Up Your Netflix Binge Watching

In a rush to get through all the episodes of Luke Cage? Way behind your partner on seasons of House of Cards? You can get through your Netflix queue faster than normal and save yourself some time, as long as you’re prepared to do a little bit of under-the-hood tinkering in your browser.

How to Run Linux on a Chromebook How to Run Linux on a Chromebook

Chromebooks may have started life as very basic laptops that were useless without an internet connection, but they’ve become more powerful and more useful with each passing year. Now, not only is it possible to run Linux on your Chromebook, you can access the operating system through a browser window.

4 Easy Tricks to Make Google Chrome Run Faster 4 Easy Tricks to Make Google Chrome Run Faster

Google Chrome is an essential tool for many of us, but it’s by no means perfect. A slowdown in performance is one of the criticisms often leveled against the browser. If you want to quickly improve the speed of Chrome and the sites you’re visiting without delving too deep into its inner workings, you should find this…

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