What’s in the latest Chrome update? No more Flash (without jumping through hoops)

What’s in the latest Chrome update? No more Flash (without jumping through hoops)

Google this week updated Chrome to version 76, patching 43 security flaws and making good on a promise to switch off Flash by default.

The company paid out $28,000 — more than three times the last cycle — in bug bounties to a half dozen researchers who reported a few of those vulnerabilities. Five of the flaws were ranked “High,” the second-most-serious category in Google’s four-step ratings, including one that paid $10,000 to its discoverer and another that garnered $6,000. None were rated “Critical,” the topmost threat.

Because Chrome updates in the background, most users only need to relaunch the browser to finish the upgrade. To manually update, select “About Google Chrome” from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab shows that the browser has been updated or displays the download process before presenting a “Relaunch” button. New to Chrome? Download the latest in versions for Windows, macOS and Linux from here.

Google updates Chrome every six to eight weeks. It last upgraded the browser on June 4.

Last anti-Flash step before Chrome nixes it altogether

With the debut of version 76, the browser disabled Flash by default, the state Chrome will remain in until all support is yanked in late 2020.

Sites requiring the plug-in will show the “missing puzzle piece” symbol and the message “Adobe Flash Player is blocked.” Users will not be able to run Flash — at all — without going into Settings. After re-enabling Flash at Settings > Advanced > Privacy and security > Site Settings > Flash > Ask First (that last is done by toggling the switch from Block sites from running Flash (recommended)), Chrome users can again run Flash and display Flash content but only after authorization through a click.


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