The new version of Google Chrome 71 is out and is available for download and installation. You can download the latest version of Google Chrome from the direct download links given in this article. The new web browser is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
The exact release date of Chrome 71 is December 4th, 2018. If you have installed the browser on your computer, it will take a few hours to a few days from the new update to show up. If you want to keep an offline installer of Chrome 71, then you can download it from the direct download links provided in this article.
Chrome 71 update mainly focuses on security. A total of 43 security vulnerabilities have been fixed by the Chrome team. You can go through all the vulnerabilities here.
Chrome blocks intrusive ads
Chrome 71 comes with additional controls for blocking harmful experiences loading certain sites. These are the sites which are found to be having persistently abusive ads experiences. So you will see fewer ads on some sites which show harmful ads to the user persistently.
Now it becomes absolutely important for the publishers of the sites that they abandon malicious activities like hiding ads so that the users click on them unexpectedly, auto redirects and ads that redirect to malware, phishing and displaying fake messages.
Deceptive billing page warnings
From now on, Google will display a warning when a user visits a website known for misleading or fraudulent billing. This is normally the case when mobile games where a user is lured into playing the game and a purchase is done from the user’s account without his/her knowledge. These situations can be extremely dangerous that’s why it’s recommended to update to the latest version of Google Chrome.
Audio Autoplay guideline changes
With Chrome 71, the audio settings remain the same across the web browser. This means if a user has blocked audio from a website, even an application using Web Audio API will be blocked. Now the only way to play audio in Chrome browser is to ask the user if he wants to play.
Update Chrome using the update functionality
If you have already installed Chrome, you may go to the Settings by clicking on the three verticle dots at the top right corner of the browser window and then going to Help –> About Google Chrome.
Chrome will automatically check for the new version when the about window is opened.