Everyone’s talking about Google Chrome today. It’s a new web browser much like IE, FireFox, Opera and Safari. Here are some things you should know about its security.
- It’s still in "beta", meaning they’re still testing it. It’s an unfinished product. There will be bugs to be found, including security bugs.
- There’s a debate going on about Google’s intentions on releasing a free browser. It seems Google will be collecting some information from some users on their browsing habits. It’s an opt-in service so there isn’t anything sneaking going on, and it can be turned off. But it still makes some people uncomfortable.
- Chrome has a private mode called "Incognito". Some other browsers also have this feature. It’s a good thing. It puts you in control over which web sites save information on your computer and which don’t.
- It uses a new programming model putting each page in its own process. This should make everything safer, but it’s new and time will tell how secure it really is.
And did I mention it’s in beta and security bugs will no doubt be found soon?
I suggest that as soon as Google are comfortable with the performance of this new product it’ll be a good alternative to Internet Explorer.