Wired: The Grand Tor: How To Go Anonymous Online. (Fifty points for the headline.) “Earlier this month, Tor announced an update to its so-called onion services, which use Tor’s anonymizing features to hide not just individual people on the web, but servers too, allowing for so-called dark web or darknet sites and other services that can’t be physically traced to any locatable computer. Beyond merely covering your tracks as you visit websites, the new feature has opened Tor up to a new range of applications, enabling a new generation of whistleblowing platforms and new forms of untraceable messaging…. Here’s how you can use Tor today, whether you want to want to browse controversial sites in peace, or send messages the NSA can’t peep.”
Ars Technica: Chrome 63 offers even more protection from malicious sites, using even more memory. “To further increase its enterprise appeal, Chrome 63—which hit the browser’s stable release channel yesterday—includes a couple of new security enhancements aimed particularly at the corporate market.”
Ars Technica: Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section. “More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we’ve come to that point today. Google has shut down the ‘app’ section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can’t install Chrome Apps anymore. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018.”
MakeUseOf: The Easy Guide to Google Chrome. “Google’s Chrome is now the biggest browser in the world, with half the world using it as their default browser. But that doesn’t mean everyone is using it right. There is a lot more to Chrome than meets the eye. This guide looks at the fundamentals of Google Chrome and the advantages you get when you use its features well. It is meant for the beginner who wants to explore what the world’s most popular web browser is all about.” I doubt anybody who’s reading this newsletter needs an overview as extensive as this for learning Chrome. But it could be an absolute blessing for beginners or people who are switching from another browser.
The Register: Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools. “By mid-2018 Google Chrome will no longer allow outside applications – cough, cough, antivirus packages – to run code within the browser on Windows. This is according to a post today on the Chromium blog that laid out the July release of Chrome 68 for Windows as the target for new rules that will block all third-party apps from injecting scripts into browser sessions.”
Wired: Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum Is The Browser Built For 2017. “…my expectations for Firefox Quantum, the new browser from Mozilla, were not particularly high. Mozilla made big promises about Quantum’s speed and efficiency, which are what everyone makes big promises about when they launch a new browser, and they never really make a difference in the experience. Sure, a couple dozen Chrome tabs can bring even the beefiest computer hardware grinding to a beach-balling halt, but Chrome does the job. What could Firefox even do to win me over? It turns out there are lots of things Firefox Quantum could do to improve the browser experience, and it did many of those things.”
ZDNet: How to tweak the new Firefox 57 Quantum browser to suit your preferences. “Mozilla’s new Firefox 57 Quantum browser has been well received, with TechRepublic claiming that it ‘could take Chrome’s position as the king of browsers’. If you are thinking of trying it, here are some tips on setting it up. Indeed, Firefox has changed so much has that current users may also learn a few things. I had to.”