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Chrome 70 Loosens Controversial Login Feature

Chrome 70 Loosens Controversial Login Feature

Google has defused the automatic link between Google account and Chrome browser: From now on, users can turn off the function.

Google has begun distributing version 70 of its Chrome browser for Windows, macOS and Linux. The update closes 23 vulnerabilities and includes a number of enhancements and fixes. In addition, Google is responding to the harsh criticism of the introduced auto login feature in Chrome 69. Chrome users can now switch off: that they are automatically logged in with their active Google account in the browser.

Chrome 69 was a controversial update: Even if Chrome users had never linked their Google account to the browser, they were automatically logged in with it. First of all, the feature was not noticeable because Google did not show it. But when users and privacy advocates noticed the behavior, it hailed criticism.

In the advanced settings of the browser, there is now the new item “Allow login to Chrome”. If you want to use Chrome without a Google Account, log out and slide the slider to the left. Important: The auto-login feature is enabled by default but the synchronization of user data remains optional. The user interface of the browser clearly shows at the top right, whether and with which account the user is logged in.

Chrome Now Supports Desktop PWA

Additionally, Chrome now supports Desktop Progressive Web Apps on Windows. Once installed, the web apps can be opened like conventional programs via the start menu of the operating system. That in the background Chrome is running and acts as a Web wrapper, the users do not notice. So far, PWA are mainly found on mobile devices, but Google finds them useful on desktop machines. Support for macOS and Linux is expected for Chrome 72.