Google Chrome has gotten a brand new security feature, but not all users will be able to use it.
Google Chrome is without a doubt the most popular internet browser in the world – and it doesn’t look like it will lose that crown anytime soon.
Latest NetMarketShare stats for the first three months of 2018 give the search engine giant’s browser a huge 61.26 per cent market share.
Its nearest challenger is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer with a 12.43 per cent chunk of the market, followed by Firefox on 10.73 per cent.
Whereas Microsoft’s newer Edge browser, which is the default choice on Windows 10, lags behind on 4.49 per cent.
These stats underline how Chrome’s crown as the world’s most popular internet browser is undisputed.
And as it continues to keep a stranglehold on the market, Google Chrome’s millions of users have received a big update.
Chrome 65 was released last month on Mac, Windows and Linux before launching on Android devices.
On Android the update brought with it changes such as new language preferences and a ‘simplified view’ for reading articles.
Interestingly, it also brought with it a new feature that will help bolster security on mobile devices.
With Chrome 65 screenshots are now blocked on Android devices when a user is browsing privately.
When someone tries to capture a screengrab, even if it’s just the start page for Incognito mode, they won’t be able to.
Instead they will be greeted with a “couldn’t capture screenshot” notification from Android System, 9to5Google reported.
However this feature, believed to be a way of improving security, is only for Android devices.
Screenshots can still be captured from Google Chrome’s incognito mode on other devices.
Future versions of Chrome on Android, which are currently in beta, were tested by 9to5Google and they all still include this new feature.
Whereas versions lower than Chrome 65 have the feature disabled.
In other Chrome news, users last month were put on alert about an extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Cyber security firm Check Point uncovered the issue with the Chrome Remote Desktop extension.
One of their analysts noticed “unexpected behaviour” when the Google Chrome Remote Desktop Application was running on macOS.
In a blog post, Check Point explained how the bug could let a user log in as a guest but still gain administrator privileges.
They said: “One of our security analysts recently noticed an unexpected behaviour in Google Chrome Remote Desktop Application on macOS.
“The strange behaviour allows, in some cases, a ‘Guest user’ to login as Guest and yet receive an active session of another user (such as administrator) without entering a password.
“Check Point Research reported this bug to Google on 15th February 2018.
“Google responded that from a CRD (Chrome Remote Desktop) perspective, the login screen is not a security boundary.
“As we see it this is a security issue and believe users should be alert to the risk of letting a guest remotely access their machine.”
The ‘guest user’ feature is not enabled by default on macOS, so the Chrome exploit will not affect Mac users who are yet to set this feature live.