We’ve all done it: Amidst a flurry of stressed out productivity, we’ve accidentally closed out browser instead of minimizing it, losing the page we were working with. In most cases, this isn’t an unrecoverable error, but it sure is an annoying one. If you’re using Google’s Chrome browser, you can elect to open a new window and try to locate the page in your browsing history, or you can download our Trash Can, our Browser Extension of the Week, and let it do the heavy lifting for you.
There's a new version of Google's Chrome browser available in the beta channel. Chrome 12 beta includes a handful of upgrades and enhancements, such as "snazzier" graphics, hardware accelerated 3D CSS, security and privacy upgrades, improved screen reader support, and better Flash integration. Also new to Chrome 12, Google stripped the browser of its Gears plug-in as it shifts focus to HTML5.
I just wanted to get that little tidbit out of the way, because that was probably the least important news to come out of Google IO 2011’s second day. The big buzz is about hardware. Google announced support for new hardware with its Chrome OS, which will be called “Chromebooks” (for the laptops) and something called “Chrome Box” for the desktop. For more info on these, and everything else that came out of Google I/O today, keep reading.
Google Chrome has amassed quite a favorable reputation for security with both users and security researchers. To its credit, it is the only web browser to have never been hacked at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition. In fact, on the first day of this year’s Pwn2Own contest (Mar 9-11), Google even offered a $20,000 cash prize to anybody who could circumnavigate the browser’s sandbox “using vulnerabilities purely present in Google-written code.” While no one managed to claim the prize back then, researcher from French security firm VUPEN now claim to have finally “Pwnd Google Chrome and its sandbox.” Hit the jump for more.
The internet is so packed full of distractions that unless you’re rocking some Green Lantern-level willpower, you’re almost certain to lose focus of your online priorities as soon as you open a browser window. Unfortunately, most of us are weak-minded procrastinators that never met a Facebook game we didn’t like. Fortunately, StayFocusd is here to save us from our easily distracted selves. In case you hadn’t guessed yet, it’s our Browser Extension of the Week.
Up until today, the jury was still deliberating on whether Microsoft's decision to skip XP support for its Internet Explorer 9 browser and focus its attention squarely on Windows 7 was sound or stupid. Judging by the market share numbers, it appears Microsoft knew what it was doing. According to data from Net Applications, IE9's share of the browser market more than doubled in the month of April compared to one month prior.
Google on Wednesday released Chrome 11 to the Stable Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame, and in doing so, paid a combined bounty of $16,500 to bug hunters. That's the most Google has ever had to retrieve from its treasure chest for a browser update, and the sultan of search was more than happy to do so in order to plug up more than two dozen security holes, the majority of which carried a security rating of "High."
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz is holding Google's feet to the fire for the lack of a "Do Not Track" feature in the company's Chrome browser. It's the only major browser that has yet to jump on board with this specific privacy trend, which the FTC back in December recommended that all browsers adopt.
Ever feel like somebody’s watching you? Good because they are. Without proper protection, your internet usage habits are left out in the open; vulnerable to anyone to exploit. By simply navigating to a page, mousing over a given pixel or clicking through an advertisement or other link, most computer users give data brokers, advertising companies and other nefarious types enough to information to work with to tailor ad content to your needs. Creepy. While we love the look and fit of a good tin foil hat as much as anyone else, Ghostery, our Browser Extension of the Week, is really the better choice for putting an end to all that unwanted tracking.
In a blog post this week, Google announced plans to add a new layer of security to its Chrome browser by having it warn surfers of potentially malicious downloads. This is in addition to Chrome's "Safe Browsing" technology, which Google says "has done a lot of good for the Web," though admits that "the Internet remains rife with deceptive and harmful content." This is where malicious download warnings will come in.