Chrome update brings better Incognito Mode, kills Flash by default

Ruben Fields
August 2, 2019

Chrome 76, the latest version of Google's popular browser, now blocks Adobe Flash by default with no option to bypass. The latest version of the most used internet browser in the world right now is available in the stable channel, and it has a couple of significant changes to tell you about.

Google is continuing to make progress on dark mode for the web content and you will soon be able to enjoy this feature on desktop Chrome and Chrome OS alike.

Chrome 76 is already rolling out, and if you want to check which version of Chrome you're on, or update Chrome on your system, you can do so by heading over to "chrome://settings/help". As reported by 9to5Google, this feature is soon to be "cross-platform" and is coming to Chrome OS, Mac, Windows, and Linux, in addition to Android. See in the below screenshot.

Other changes include making it easier to install PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) from Chrome's omnibar, as well as tweaks to developer tools.

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One primary concern that Chrome 76 is patching is Incognito Mode detection that Google had earlier promised to crack on.

Many websites detect the location of the users through IP addresses even if they use Incognito mode. For example, some websites allow users to read some content on a day. And developers can now adjust the look and feel of their sites to match users' preferred mode. While the plugin is disabled by default in Chrome 76, it can be activated by going to chrome://settings/content/flash, though Adobe did say it will stop updating and distributing Flash next year.

According to the information now available, Google Chrome should introduce the customizable themes simultaneously with the launch of the stable version of Chrome 77, that is starting from next September 10, 2019 (but the plans could change). All you have to do is enable the below flag via Command line.

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