Google Chrome Will Now Block Autoplaying Videos with Sound by Default

The latest release of Chrome for Mac and Windows will mute those annoying auto-playing videos. This feature was slated to be a part of Chrome 64 released in January but was delayed for some reason. By blocking auto-playing videos, Chrome will be able to reduce data consumption and also improve the overall browsing experience.

There are certain exceptions to this though. Chrome will autoplay videos that do not contain any audio or when the user shows an interest in a video. How exactly is this interest determined? If you frequently play videos from a site or added a website to your home screen or mobile, its video content will be automatically played. You can find the Media Engagement Index on the basis of which the interest is calculated by navigating to chrome://media-engagement.

Apart from the usual bevy of security enhancements, Chrome 66 also includes a small percentage trial of Site Isolation before its broader launcher. This feature helps in mitigating the risks posed by Spectre. In total, there are 62 security fixes in the latest release of Chrome. There are also plenty of developer-facing changes so make sure to go through the entire change-log to know more about them. The update also removes trust for Symantec issued certificates after it was discovered that it was not following the industry standards. So, if you visit a website that’s still using Symantec certificate, you will get a warning about the page being insecure.

Over on the mobile side, Chrome 66 for Android and iOS brings the option to export all your saved passwords. The option is located under the Manage Password section of the browser. This way, you can easily transfer your data to a password manager like 1Password or LastPass for improved security. You can find a detailed change-log of everything that’s new in Chrome 66 over here.

Chrome 66 requires OS X 10.10 or higher and drops support for OS X 10.9.