In a few days, exactly on July 30, Google will launch Chrome 76. Good news for users and a very bad news for many news websites that managed to detect when a user was using Incognito Mode and block it.
The most important feature of Chrome 76 will be to close the breach through websites could detect users in Incognito Mode. This was possible by checking FileSystem API from the Chrome browser. In incognito mode, FileSystem API is disabled so that during browsing the user leaves information on the accessed websites and not on the computer. Websites used a script to check availability FileSystem API, and if it did not respond, the session was automatically detected as incognito and the user's access was blocked.
With the launch of Chrome 76 on July 30, the behavior FileSystem The API will be changed and websites will no longer be able to detect the session incognito. At least not by the method used so far.
Boston Globe. The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are just a few of the giant news portals that no longer allow users to access Incognito Mode.
Chrome 76 is also a nuisance for news portals that have users with paid subscriptions (Paywalls). There are many news publications that offer a limited number of articles for free, and users will pay to view the content further. This limitation of the number of free articles per user is currently done by tracking cookies. Once in incognito mode, the website can no longer check the number of articles viewed by the user and can no longer limit it and invite you to pay a subscription.
Another important feature brought with Chrome 76 is block popup ads when leaving a website with the Escape key (ESC).
Firefox has already deployed a similar system to prevent a popup or new webpage from being opened by pressing the Escape key in the browser.
In addition to the two major changes above, Google Chrome 76 will improve security with regard to the possibility of malicious code execution in websites and will bring Dark Mode in web pages.
As for Adobe Flash Player, it will no longer run the content automatically, without the user's action, since December 2020 will no longer be compatible with Google Chrome. Beginning with 2021 and Adobe will cease support for Flash.