Breaking up With Chrome is Hard, But Right, to do

· Charlotte Henry · Reporter's Notebook

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Tests prove that Safari outperforms Google Chrome on a Mac. Because of that and the extra privacy, Charlotte is going to give it another try.

Google Chrome 85 Hides Full URL Addresses

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Google wants to follow in Apple’s footsteps by hiding the full URL in Google Chrome 85. Instead, with an optional (for now) toggle, users can choose to have the address bar display only the top level domain.

There’s no public explanation yet for why Google is pressing ahead with these changes, but the company has said in the past that it believes showing the full address can make it harder to tell if the current site is legitimate.

However, it’s also worth considering that making the web address less important, as this feature does, benefits Google as a company. Google’s goal with Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and similar technologies is to keep users on Google-hosted content as much as possible, and Chrome for Android already modifies the address bar on AMP pages to hide that the pages are hosted by Google.

In other words, Google doesn’t want people to be able to tell the difference between Google and the internet.

New Update Could Cripple Chrome Ad Blockers

· Andrew Orr · Link

Google engineers have proposed changes to Chromium that would break Chrome ad blockers.

In a note posted Tuesday to the Chromium bug tracker, Raymond Hill, the developer behind uBlock Origin and uMatrix, said the changes contemplated by the Manifest v3 proposal will ruin his ad and content blocking extensions, and take control of content away from users.

In totally unrelated news Firefox just gained 50 million new users.

How to Reset Google Chrome Back to Its Defaults

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Google Chrome has a nifty way to reset a lot of its options to their defaults, from what your startup page is to your enabled extensions. This is incredibly helpful if you’ve managed to get some adware installed within that browser! We’ve got the cleanup details in today’s Quick Tip.

A List of Google Alternatives You Can Use

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Some people don’t want to use Google services because of privacy or other reasons. Whatever the case may be, here are some Google alternatives.

Thoughts on Google Chrome and Its New HTTP/S Warnings

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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Google Chrome is gradually changing the alert in the search bar regarding the security of its website connection. John had mixed feelings about the early announcements.

Private Browsing Mode isn't Just for Porn

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome private browsing windows

Not sure why you might need to use private browsing mode in Safari, Firefox, or Chrome on your Mac? Here’s how to enable the feature, and some ideas on how it can help online.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos in Google Chrome

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Disable autoplay videos on websites in Google Chrome

Apple made it easy to block videos that autoplay on websites in Safari on macOS High Sierra and you can do the same in Google Chrome, too.

For the Most Private Browsing Experience, Think Epic Browser

· Jeff Butts · Product News

Private Browsing with Epic Privacy Browser

People are growing increasingly concerned with private browsing, given the state of internet privacy in the US and other countries, as well as increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks. Jeff Butts is one of those concerned citizens, and has found out about a browser that takes security and privacy as seriously as he does.