Google Chrome is the Silicon Valley giant’s web browser that is incredibly popular. In fact, the client is considered to be the most popular across the globe. Google Chrome is praised for being incredibly quick, very accessible and laudably customisable.
Chrome allows for a variety of extensions to be added to the client that add a host of useful functions for users. Google regularly updates the internet browser – these range from less noticeable tweaks to more substantial overhauls.
Recently the tech company announced it was making some changes to how signing-in to Chrome works. Now, whenever users sign-in to a Google website they will automatically be logged-in to Chrome.
And to display such a change, the user’s account picture will appear in the right-hand corner of the client. Similarly, if someone signs out of a Google website, they will be logged out of Chrome too.
Explaining the change, the tech company said: “We recently made a change to simplify the way Chrome handles sign-in. Now, when you sign into any Google website, you’re also signed into Chrome with the same account.
“You’ll see your Google Account picture right in the Chrome UI, so you can easily see your sign-in status. When you sign out, either directly from Chrome or from any Google website, you’re completely signed out of your Google Account.”
And Google emphasised that signing-in on a Google website will not turn on Chrome sync.
The firm went on: “We want to be clear that this change to sign-in does not mean Chrome sync gets turned on. Users who want data like their browsing history, passwords, and bookmarks available on other devices must take additional action, such as turning on sync.
“The new UI reminds users which Google Account is signed in. Importantly, this allows us to better help users who share a single device (for example, a family computer).
“Over the years, we’ve received feedback from users on shared devices that they were confused about Chrome’s sign-in state. “We think these UI changes help prevent users from inadvertently performing searches or navigating to websites that could be saved to a different user’s synced account.”
While the new change makes signing-in on Chrome simpler than ever, users who may want to prevent their search history from being tied to their account after using a Google website may want to turn the feature off.
And Google has acknowledged this and made the new tool incredibly easy to disable. The firm insisted it wanted all Chrome fans to “have more control over their experience”.
In order to disable the addition, users should head to the “privacy and security” section of Chrome settings and make sure the “allow Chrome sign-in” toggle is switched off.
But Google insisted overall it had updated its interfaces to make it clear to users when they are syncing with their Google Account. It said: “We’re updating our UIs to better communicate a user’s sync state. We want to be clearer about your sign-in state and whether or not you’re syncing data to your Google Account.
“We’re also going to change the way we handle the clearing of auth cookies. In the current version of Chrome, we keep the Google auth cookies to allow you to stay signed in after cookies are cleared. We will change this behaviour that so all cookies are deleted and you will be signed out.”
- [Source] : express.co.uk