Make Certain You’re Using Chrome 96

by - – A slew of new features and bug fixes have been rolled into the newest version of Chrome. The internet is being alerted: The latest version of Google Chrome is now available for download. If you’re using a Google Chrome browser, you’ll soon be getting Chrome 96 (the entire name of the version is 96.0.4664.45). Essential security updates and exciting features are included in this release. As a result, your digital security may be at danger if you do not update your software.

Patches for security flaws are absolutely necessary

There are just a handful of reasons why you should upgrade to Chrome 96: the new version contains fixes for 25 known security issues. There are seven that Google has labeled as having a “high” risk profile, which includes:

  • A high CVE-2021-38007: type confusion in V8. It was reported by Polaris Feng and SGFvamll at Singular Security Lab on 29th of September, 2021.
  • CVE-2021-38008: Use after free in the media. On October 26, 2021, Marcin Towalski of Cisco Talos reported this issue.
  • Exceptional CVE-2021-38009: Inappropriate implementation in the cache. On October 16, 2021, Luan Herrera (@lbherrera_) tweeted about it.
  • High CVE-2021-38006: Use following the free in storage foundation. Posted by Sergei Glazunov of Google Project Zero on 17 August 2021.
  • The high CVE-2021-38005: Use after free in loader. By Sergey Glazunov of Google Project Zero on August 18, 2021.
  • For service employees, CVE-2021-38010 is a high risk. According to Sergei Glazunov of Google Project Zero on October 2, 2021.
  • A high CVE-2021-38011: Use after free in the storage foundation vulnerability. A report by Sergei Glazunov of Google Project Zero was published on 11 November 2021.

Update your browser as soon as possible to protect yourself against these security flaws, regardless of whether or not you can decipher all of that.

Each website can have its own custom dark mode settings

There are instances when you don’t want all websites to use a dark theme, even if you’re a fan of the dark mode. With Chrome 96, Google is testing a new feature that allows you to change dark mode settings on a site-by-site basis.

If you want to use this functionality, you’ll first need to activate the flag. A simple way to check if it works for you is to type the following into your browser’s URL bar:


Chrome will no longer automatically activate dark mode when you visit certain websites after the functionality is activated.

Intuitive navigation

Chrome 96 introduces a new feature that aims to speed up the process of browsing your browser history. When you use the navigation arrows (or keyboard keys) to navigate back through your history in Chrome, the browser will use the cache of websites you’ve recently visited. “Instant navigation to previously-visited webpages” is what Google promises would happen as a result of this move.

Clipboard now retains PNG metadata when a file is copied

In the past, Chrome would remove metadata from PNG files before reading them. Instead, Google has opted to save this metadata the old-fashioned way. According to Google, this should result in quicker PNG file reading speeds—as much as 14 times faster.

Google’s Chrome Developer log has a wealth of information regarding Chrome 96’s developer-only features.

How do you upgrade Google Chrome?

If you don’t upgrade your browser, you won’t be able to benefit from the features and updates listed above. In any case, Google’s auto-update mechanism should have taken care of this problem for you by now.

Google Chrome’s “About Google Chrome” page may be accessed by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of the browser and selecting “Settings” from the menu. You may get this information by clicking the three dots, selecting “Help,” then “About Google Chrome.” In this section, you’ll see if your browser is current. Updates may be done from this website if you don’t have the latest version. You may have already noticed a huge “update” button in your browser taskbar if there is an available update. That’s all you need to do.