Google has released Chrome 74 for Windows, macOS and Linux. The latest version of the browser introduces some nifty new features, including the Incognito detection blocking. "The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 74 to the stable channel," Google wrote last night. "This will roll out over the coming days/weeks."
Chrome 74 is out; here's how to to enable the two most exciting features
Chrome 74.0.3729.108 brings a number of fixes and improvements along with 39 security patches. Apart from the regular fixes, several publications reported that the browser has finally introduced the long-awaited Dark Mode for Windows 10, which has already made its way to macOS users through Chrome 73.
However, this feature still isn't fully available for everyone. If you updated to the latest version and are wondering why you can't see this feature, you will have to manually enable Chrome Dark Mode on Windows:
- Right-click on Google Chrome shortcut.
- Open Properties.
- At the end of the Target location, add "--force-dark-mode" (without quotes, and there are two - before force without spaces)
Relaunch Chrome and the Dark Mode should work.
Dark Mode aside, Chrome 74 is also bringing in the highly useful Incognito detection blocking, which prevents websites from tracking you in Incognito mode. This feature is also not available to everyone but can be enabled through chrome://flags/.
- Open a new Windows and go to chrome://flags/
- Search for Incognito and enable the Filesystem API.
For some technical background, by enabling the Filesystem API, you are effectively trying to trick websites into believing that you are using the normal, non-Incognito browsing mode by creating a temporary virtual file system. This API allows sites to create this virtual file system within the sandbox of the browser to utilize large assets without having to download them each time they are required. Websites could normally spot the Incognito traffic because this mode blocked access to the Filesystem API, since it could allow sites to potentially leave files behind. Earlier in the year, Google said that it's changing the FileSystem API to be used in the Incognito mode without the privacy risks. The feature is now available to the public and can help users to stop websites from tracking if they are using the Incognito mode.
But, for both of these features to work, you will have to update your browser. To confirm the version on macOS, click on Chrome > About Google Chrome. If it doesn't show version 74, you can click on the Relaunch button to manually update the browser to the latest release.
On Windows 10, click on the vertical ellipsis icon on the upper right corner that looks like 3 vertical dots > Help > About Google Chrome. Again, hit relaunch to update the browser (for some reason, it took me 3 relaunches for the new version to show up).