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Google Chrome is an incredibly popular web browser. It is so popular, in fact, that it has the largest market share worldwide, crushing the likes of Safari, Firefox, Opera and the rest.

Just because it is popular does not mean it is perfect, which is why the app is constantly updated. One recent update upset a lot of people, however, as it essentially forced people who used it to sign in, which led to being signed into other Google properties.

Google took the negative feedback to the update, which was version 69, and promised to make some changes that would fix things. It was all to come in version 70, which is finally here.

You’ll want to update ASAP

Chrome version 70 is available for all forms of the browser, which works on Windows, Mac and Linux computers. Along with making it so you don’t have to sign into Chrome, the new version also adds support for desktop progressive web apps on Windows and its credential management API adds support for public key credentials.

Of course, people will likely be most excited about the fix in the login issue, which was necessary as people were none too excited over Chrome automatically signing them into their other Google accounts.

With Google Sync turned on, things like your browsing history, passwords and bookmarks would be stored on Google’s servers. It’s not hard to understand why people were not happy with that change.

Fortunately, Chrome version 70 fixes that, providing a better sign of a person’s being signed in, making the browser delete all cookies and also provide an option that would allow for Chrome sign-in. The update lets you set it to off if you want, which is great although it would be better if it was instead something we had to opt into.

Otherwise, anyone who is unaware of the feature may not actually take advantage of it. So, how do you do it?

  1. Open up your Settings for Google Chrome. On a desktop, that means clicking on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner and then finding “Settings” with your mouse.
  2. On the next page, look to the upper-left part of the screen for the three vertical bars stacked on each other. Click on that and then, in the new window, click on “Advanced.”
  3. That opens up more options, including “Privacy and security.” Click on that.
  4. Look until you find the notch for “Allow Chrome sign-in.” Its default setting is on, so click on the blue dot to switch it off.

Version 70 also improves security

Already, Chrome’s credential management API made it easy for people to sign in. It allowed their site to interact with the browser’s credential manager or federated account services such as Google or Facebook to sign in.

Now, Chrome version 70 brings about support for a third type of credential, the Public Key Credential. The new way lets web applications create and use strong, cryptographically attested and application-scoped credentials in order to more strongly authenticate users.

That could mean sites are able to turn to things like a fingerprint for 2-factor authentication, though if not that, at least there is added support for more security keys. That, we know, is not a bad thing.

What else is in version 70?

The aforementioned stuff may be the headliners, but that’s not it for what Chrome version 70 brings to the table.

You can now have named workers and, among the other nice changes, is the addition of Web Bluetooth being available in Windows 10, which will make it so that your site can communicate with nearby user-selected Bluetooth devices in a private, secure way.

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