Chrome 76 is out, making it easy to get past paywalls

Chrome 76 is out, making it easy to get past paywalls

July 31, 2019 0 By The Chhattisgarh

Publishers previously responded by simply making articles unavailable altogether if they detect you’re in incognito mode. They did this by checking if a feature called the FileSystem API was disabled in your browser to determine your browsing mode (standard or incognito).

Chrome 76 prevents the FileSystem API status from being detectable. And indeed, I was able to get through the paywalls of each of the pages I tested.

Obviously, you should pay for subscriptions. But if you really need to read that article, now you know what to do – at least until publishers find another loophole.

As for Flash, Chrome 76 disables the plugin by default, but you can still activate it by going to chrome://settings/content/flash. That should be enough to prevent most people from using Flash, while still making it accessible for those who actually need it.

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