Chrome 76 arrives, blocking Flash and making paywalls easier to bypass


Google has been working hard to improve dark mode on the web and have started to roll out some of these massive changes via Chrome for Android, where you can now enable flags to turn on dark mode.

Google has released Chrome 76, the latest version of its web browser, adding a new PWA install experience and other features. You'll be able to browse content on sites that have metered paywalls without actually paying a subscription once the free number of articles expires.

Despite a huge decline in Flash - largely kickstarted by Steve Jobs and the rise of mobile devices - Adobe's platform just won't die. Some websites found a way to track those using the private browsing option to bypass paywalls.

Chrome has long shipped with Flash baked-in, so you don't need to download Flash Player separately.

Since 1996, Flash content has allowed web users to view and interact with media online, but since the launch of standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly, it has become redundant and something of a potential security hazard.

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But now Google is clamping down on the use of Flash, too. It is worth noting here that Adobe has already announced plans to shut down Flash by 2020.

Chrome 76 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It's no longer possible for websites to detect you're browsing privately, or to read and write cookies to your devices.

We will likely see new methods of forcing users into a paywall later - like making account logins mandatory - but you can take advantage of the change for the time being.

This is no easy task because web content is not predictable, as explained by Robby when this updated and improved version of dark mode for web content first began appearing for Chrome 77 on Android.