Google Chrome version 100 could break older websites

Technology is evolving at a breakneck pace, turning gadgets or software released just a few years ago into relics of the past. When you stay with the old one, you risk your privacy and security. Getting upgrades as they roll out is great for your digital health.

For example, Apple recently said that some older iPhone models could not use the new iOS 15 operating system. This means that users of outdated phones are missing out on new features as well as cybersecurity updates. Tap or click here for a few reasons why you need to update your iPhone.

Also, don’t forget to update your browser. They are constantly updated to be safer, more secure, and easier to use. Be careful though: an upcoming Chrome update could wreak havoc on some sites and make them unusable.

Here is the backstory

How many of us can forget the panic caused by the Y2K bug? Before the clock struck midnight on January 1, computer users were concerned that their systems would not be able to handle the date change from 1999 to 2000.

Many feared that sophisticated systems might not be able to distinguish the last two digits “00” of the year 2000 from those of the year 1900. When the calendar finally ran out, very little happened. things. This was in part thanks to excellent planning by IT administrators and software developers.

Google is now on a similar, albeit less worrying, trajectory. The tech giant’s Chrome browser will drop to version 100 soon, and going from two to three digits could potentially cause problems with older websites.

When you visit a website, the page checks the browser you are using and the version through something called a User-Agent string. Older websites can easily include a version number up to 99, but once that number is exceeded, the page may not display.

What can you do about it

As a Google Chrome user, you should always keep your browser up to date. We are expecting the release of version 100 of Chrome in March 2022.

When it comes out you need to update it ASAP. This is because these versions, at the very least, usually include important security updates.

Web developers will need to ensure that older websites will still be compatible with Chrome version 100. To try and get a head start, Google has released a handy tool for website owners. It’s a quick and easy way for them to see if their sites will be affected.

From version 96 up to version 99, Google provides a feature flag that forces your browser to imitate the version number to 100. Here’s how to use it:

  • Visit Google’s website Chrome 100 is there yet? to check if your browser mimics version 100.
  • If not, you should use the functionality indicator to inspect your own website. A big “No” appears on the screen.
  • Open your Chrome browser and type chrome: // flags in the address bar.
  • A page will open with the available experiences. Activate the option for Force the major version to 100 in User-Agent.

After enabling it, go back to Chrome 100? site. If successful, the green “Yes” will be visible. From there, you should visit any websites you manage or develop to see if they will be compatible with the triple-digit version.

There may be multiple issues with your website or any site that you visit regularly. For this reason, Google wants you to send all bug reports regarding version 100 so that as many websites as possible can be prepared.

What this means for you

This update shouldn’t cause the majority of your favorite sites to malfunction, but Google has a challenge in alerting every potential developer of websites that may be affected.

✅ If you are running an older website and you are concerned that Chrome 100 may damage it, turn on the browser flag by following the detailed instructions above to check.

✅ Although Chrome is by far the most used browser in the world, keep in mind that it is not the only option. Tap or click here to see our ranking of the best browser for privacy.

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