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Google Chrome's latest update lets you mute 'annoying' websites

26 Jan 2018 | By Shiladitya Ray
Chrome's latest update: Website muting, security and more

The Google Chrome 64 update has been released by the company and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

The update fixes several bugs, including fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities for Windows and Mac.

The update also comes with several improvements, and adds an important ability to mute entire websites.

Farewell, autoplay videos!

In context: Chrome's latest update: Website muting, security and more

26 Jan 2018Google Chrome's latest update lets you mute 'annoying' websites

How to mute websites after the Chrome 64 update

Once you get the Chrome 64 update, you can click on the green padlock on the left side of Chrome's address bar to mute audio in site settings. Alternatively, you go to Settings > Advanced > Content Settings (under Privacy & Security) > Sound.
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Chrome provides much-awaited fixes for Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs

Security featuresChrome provides much-awaited fixes for Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs

Additionally, important security improvements include fixes for the infamous Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs - Chrome's updated V8 Javascript engine provides protection against these speculative side-channel attacks.

Another important improvement is Chrome's updated pop-blocker which can safeguard against sites which throw tons of unwanted content at users at a single click.

The browser will also prevent harmful click-free auto-redirect in websites.

Meltdown and Spectre affect almost every computer on the planet

Meltdown and Spectre are two massive bugs in modern processors which affect almost every computer. They're basically hardware vulnerabilities which allow programs to steal data currently being processed on a computer. Malicious programs could thus exploit this vulnerability to steal all sorts of data.

HDR supportGoogle also adds HDR support in Chrome 64 update

Chrome has also added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) for Windows 10 machines.

However, running HDR videos requires the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, as well as a HDR-compatible monitor and graphics processing unit (GPU).

This new update was released a month after Chrome 64 Beta was released to users. Chrome will update itself automatically, or you can do it manually from Settings.