Google Chrome Guest Mode Is Great For Shared Computers

Google has recently rolled out a small but important change to its Chrome browser for Windows, Linux and macOS users. The most recent update adds a ‘Default to Guest mode’ to the browser that can be enabled via Enterprise policy or a simple command-line switch. When the new feature is enabled, any time a browser session is opened on the …

The Web Browser Wars Have A Clear Winner In 2020

It’s notoriously difficult to get reliable statistics on web browser usage. While there are sites that purport to track such things such as StatCounter and NetMarketShare, the numbers coming from these sources have proved to be problematic and unreliable. Enter the US Government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP, for short). While it doesn’t reveal anything about browser statistics worldwide, it does …

New Android Malware Can Get Past Two-Factor Authentication

Since 2010, Google has been doing its part to help keep its massive user base safe. They introduced a small but critical service called Google Authenticator, which is used by a number of online accounts as a two-factor authentication layer. Google launched the service as an alternative to SMS-based one-time pass codes. While SMS-based codes are better than nothing, they …

Google Translate Adds More Languages To Assist Communication

Every kid who grew up watching sci-fi has dreamed of the day when a Universal Translator would be available, making seamless communication possible and eliminating the language barrier entirely. That day hasn’t arrived yet, but Google is steadily marching toward that goal. The company has been making use of new machine learning and other advanced AI techniques to improve the …

Google Docs Gets Smarter With Smart Compose Feature

Google continues to increase the versatility and usefulness of the G-Suite. This time they are adding the much anticipated Smart Compose feature to Google Docs, and it is now available to all G-Suite users. The new feature launched in beta in November of 2019 and was well-received. The technology relied on Google’s extensive AI expertise to help users draft documents …

Dashlane Password Manager Removed From Google For Privacy Issues

Do you use the Dashlane Chrome web extension to help you manage your passwords? If so, you’re not alone. The extension has more than three million users based on download stats. Unfortunately, Google recently announced that they took the extension down from the store temporarily because of issues with the “Use of Permissions and User Data Privacy.” The following message …

Videos In Google Photos Accounts May Have Been Exposed

Security lapses can happen to any company, large or small. No one is immune. Not even Google. Recently, the company began sending out email notifications to some users explaining that a bug in their system caused their videos to be shared with other users. Their email notification reads in part as follows: “…some videos in Google Photos were incorrectly exported …

Google Search Update Caused Backlash And Will Be Fixed

If you use Google Chrome on a mobile device, you’ll notice something any time Google displays a list of sites. Let’s say for example, if you perform a search for a keyword on Google.com, each website’s favicon will be displayed next to the link. This is to provide a visual cue about exactly what site a given piece of content …

Google Is Working On A Real Time Translation Service

Just about everyone has made use of Google Translate at one point or another. You find some text on a website written in a language you don’t understand, pop over to Google.com and within seconds, you know what the mystery text says. It’s a great feature, but it’d be even better if Google had a “universal translator” that could translate …

iPhone Now Works As A Security Key For Google

Google continues to improve security and its user experience in the Apple ecosystem. The most recent update to the company’s Smart Lock app on iOS allows users to use their iPhone as a physical security key (if and where two factor authentication technology is enabled). Once it’s set up, it works like this: If you log on to a Google …