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.
The last time Maximum PC played host to a knock-down, drag-out dogfight for the browser crown, it was predominantly a two way scuffle featuring Mozilla’s spunky Firefox browser, then in version 2.0, versus Microsoft’s revitalized Internet Explorer, which had just been updated to IE7. We ultimately declared Firefox the winner, but that was four years ago, which, in computer years, is an eternity. Boy how things have changed since then, and at the same time, stayed the same.
Our goal is to figure out which of these three is the best vehicle for navigating cyberspace. We’ll be paying particular attention to new features, security, privacy, and of course performance. We’ll even throw in a few power user tips for each one. And for those of you who roll with Opera and Safari, don’t worry, we’ll cover the latest versions of those, too. In the words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble!”
Considering the fact that Chrome earned its stripes as a minimalist browser optimized for speed, the increasing size of Chrome's distribution binaries isn't really something to be proud of. Google has now decided to put the kibosh on this trend. To this end, it has set up a task force that will weigh in with with ways to “bring down the size of Chrome distribution binaries.”
Yet another reason to choose Google's Chrome browser over all the rest, it's the only one no longer affected by a critical Adobe Flash Player bug currently running wild. Google was able to issue the fix ahead of schedule because of its close collaboration with Adobe. The Flash Player comes embedded in the Chrome browser, and as a result of Google's and Adobe's buddy system, Google receives early access to updated Flash builds.
Google ran over its Chrome logo with a steam roller, straightened the lines, and then applied a healthy dose of polish remover. The result is what you see here, which is a flat, 2D image that looks like it could have preceded the one it's designed to replace. The cosmetic change follows a similar revamping of Chromium's all-blue makeover. Why the change?
No matter where the fates might take us, this much is certain: As we travel down life’s path, most of us take photos along the way and most of us will suck at it. To remove redeye, dust and other unwanted bits of reality from our pictures, many turn to expensive image editors like Photoshop. Others prefer to go the free route and get their GIMP on. If either of these options feel like they’re more image editor than you need, you might want to consider Phoenix Image Editor, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
If you were still hoping for the Google fairy to drop of a CR-48 Chrome OS laptop at your house, it's not going to happen. In a tweet today, Google VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai said all CR-48 units have been shipped out. That's all she wrote, folks. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
Apple earlier today updated its Safari browser to version 5.0.4, plugging up 62 security holes in the process. Even so, it took French security firm Vupen just 5 seconds to exploit the browser and take home a $15,000 bounty from TippingPoint for doing so. This marks the first time in four years that Charlie Miller, an analyst with Security Evaluators, wasn't first to crack the Safari browser in the annual Pwn2Own contest. And what of Microsoft's IE8 browser? It didn't fare much better.