For regular Google Chrome users, the most common source of irritation and frustration is when a video suddenly pops up and auto-plays. We have all been in that immensely irritating situation when we reach the mute option is a jiffy. We know its irritating, and now finally Google has fixed the issue. The tech giant has released Chrome 66 – a new update– which now mutes the auto-playing videos by default.
However, the new update also has a catch to it. Some videos are instantly unmuted depending on a user’s interaction with certain websites. For example, if a person is a regular user of DailyMotion videos, then the videos won’t be muted by default. This is based on the search engine’s Media Engagement Index (MEI) which tracks your visits and playbacks for the domains you visit.
So if a user wants to check their MEI, he or she has to type chrome://media-engagement/ onto the Chrome address bar. There is an option to manually mute the videos also. It requires a user to click on the left of the URL and then select tab site settings. Then the user has to go to the sound option and select mute.
Chrome 66 has been released for Windows, Linux, iOS, and Mac. It is free and has enhanced security features. For example, it is now simpler to export passwords that can be imported to other browsers. It has also stopped trusting Symantec SSL certificates. The new features also help protect against malware. Chrome 66 makes Google Chrome a more secure and safer browser.
The option to mute auto-playing videos is a sense of big relief for Chrome users across the world. Even the security features are a good reflection of Google’s efforts. The company was speculated to bring this feature with Chrome 64– two years back– but it didn’t happen.