Google Chrome users just got this new update! But ONE feature was slammed by Apple, Mozilla | Tech News

Google Chrome users just got this new update! But ONE feature was slammed by Apple, Mozilla

Are you a Chrome user? Google just added these new features to your web-search browser, but Apple slammed this one feature!

| Updated on: Aug 05 2022, 09:58 IST
Google just banned these Play Store apps! Beware! Did you download any? Check full list
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1/7 Android smartphone users are again at risk! Cybersecurity researchers have reported about a new malware threat called Autolycos. The worrying part is that the malware has chosen the widely used Google Play Store platform to disseminate the malware to the victim’s phone via apps, reported (Pixabay)
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2/7 Moreover, not just one or two, but a total of eight apps on the Google Play Store have been reported to be spoiled with this dangerous malware. The report says that there have already been 3 million installs of these apps, which is concerning because that means there are so many people who are being swindled and whose privacy is being violated. (Unsplash)
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3/7 The danger of Autolycos malware is that the users find it hard to detect the apps with this malware in them and meanwhile, it performs malicious activities including, even reading SMS on the device. Not just that, shockingly, the malware is capable of even paying for premium services without letting the victim know! (Unsplash)
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4/7 List of apps on Google Play Store infected by Autolycos malware: Vlog Star Video Editor, Creative 3D Launcher, Wow Beauty Camera, Gif Emoji Keyboard, Freeglow Camera 1.0.0, Coco Camera v1.1, Funny Camera’, and Razer Keyboard & Theme’. (Unsplash)
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5/7 Collectively, all these apps have a total of 3 million installs. This simply means, around 3 million Android smartphone users are in danger. (Unsplash)
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6/7 However, the good news is that Google has banned these malware-affected applications from the Play Store. Still, Android users are advised to monitor background internet data and battery consumption constantly to keep themselves safe against these malware threats. (Unsplash)
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7/7 Also, cybersecurity researchers should try to minimize the number of apps you install on your smartphones. In case, these apps or any data related to them are available on your device, then you should immediately delete them now. (Unsplash)
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Google Chrome 104 version added controversial Web Bluetooth API. What is it? Know all about it here. (Unsplash)

Google Chrome has rolled out its new version Chrome 104 on August 2! Unlike its previous releases, Google released its new version a bit late. The last one was Chrome 103, which landed back on June 21. The trend is for Google to release an update every 4 weeks, but this one took 2 weeks extra. Chrome 104 offers to its users many new and some revamped features including Privacy Sandbox screen in settings to multi-screen enhancements for desktop and there's a lot more.

However, one of the highlighted features of this version got a negative response from Apple as well as Mozilla! Know all about this Chrome 104 feature here.

Google Chrome 104 update got ONE controversial update

There is one specific feature amongst many in Google Chrome 104 that has not received a good response from Apple and Mozilla, it is the Web Bluetooth API in Chrome 104. According to Chrome, this basically allows webpages to communicate with devices over Bluetooth. Though, this software is not allowed to do so from cross-origin iframes. According to Google, this Web Bluetooth API opens multiple productivity and communication opportunities without compromising on security.

On the other hand, Apple believes Web Bluetooth compromises security and enables fingerprinting behaviours, which involves measuring the uniqueness of static device configuration such as built-in hardware, dynamic device or browser configuration and user browsing data

Similarly, Mozilla has also shown its concerns regarding the Web Bluetooth API and called it harmful.

“This API provides access to the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) of Bluetooth, which is not the lowest level of access that the specifications allow, but its generic nature makes it impossible to clearly evaluate...This model is unsustainable and presents a significant risk to users and their devices,” Mozilla voiced its concerns regarding this API.

However, besides this, there are a number of new fixes to the existing issues and new developments in the latest Chrome version 104.

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First Published Date: 05 Aug, 09:58 IST