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Google Fortifies the Security of Chrome with Improved Encryption Protection

Google is all geared up to improve its security settings with its next release of Chrome browser. It is now going to encrypt all search queries sent from the software. The next version of Chrome is now available in the beta channel and all searches will be encrypted using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL).

When a browser uses SSL to encrypt any information from a browser to a website, then you get a green padlock on the web address in the address box. Google calls this little padlock, ‘omnibox’, as it works as a place to put in your search terms as well as insert your URL.

As a user, you will not see much difference in your browsing experience, because of this new feature. Of course, you will notice an improved speed in getting your search results because of Google’s use of the SPDY protocol in the software.

Encryption is the new way to go

Though Google started using encryption for search queries for Chrome users signed in to their Google accounts in 2011, it has now extended to all the browser users whether logged into Google account or not.

Mozilla started encryption for Google searches performed through Firefox browser in July 2012. Apple followed next by enabling search encryption on Safari by September 2012.

Encryption is one of the safest ways to search online today. It prevents a marketer from getting information from a website about searches performed.

Google™ Chrome for Android™ now available

Google’s popular browser Chrome for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based devices is ultimately out of Beta stage. The updated version is now available for download on Google Play store.

Version 18.0.1025123, the first Stable Channel release of Chrome for Android, has crucial stability and performance fixes and a few minor adjustments.

Prime features in Chrome for Android include the option to automatically sync open tabs, passwords, and bookmarks from your desktop Chrome browser to your tablet or smartphone. In addition to this, the Stable Channel release of Chrome for Android has the ability to send open pages on your desktop Chrome browser to your Android-based devices for future reference or read.

Also, swiping between tabs is extremely simple. Flipping through tabs is as easy as fanning a deck of cards.
Want to get enhanced browsing experience on your Android-based device, download Stable Channel release of Chrome for Android.

Google patches 30 Chrome bugs, adds Instant Pages

Before we start discussing about the updates of Chrome let’s try to look back at history and try to find out what is Google Chrome. Since the launch of Google Chrome on September 2, 2008 it has been growing with time. In December 11, 2008 when it was officially launched it had 1% of total market share. Thought it s believed Eric Schmidt never wanted to develop a new browser as he never felt of getting indulge in to Browser’s war. But Sergey Brin and Larry Page when showed him what their plans where he could not help but changed his mind.

With time Google Chrome has reached the 3rd Spot in the market with total market share of 23.16%. And it is believed is one of the most secured browser and not only faster but also more user friendly. And some of its advantage that has helped it to be more successful in such a short span of time is its flexibility. It can be used on MAC, Linux as well as Windows. Now with such a wide variety of presence it has been more prone to security risks. With inputs from its security team and also outside its security team, Google has been updating Chrome with the best possible updates. Google has a trend of releasing updates every six to seven weeks.  But this time the updates that have been released in response to the input received from outside of its security team are high on priority. Google has released a bundle of 30 updates together, out of which 23 Updates are either high or medium in risk level. Only seven of them are labeled as low. So our advice is if you happen to use Chrome please updates your browser because these updates are termed as second most serious updates in Google’s four step scoring system.

Most of these high risk updates are “Use-After-Free” bugs, which are believed to be used to prevent flaws related to injecting attack code. It is believed that Google paid $ 17,000 to 10 researchers who reported most of these vulnerabilities. With new releases few new features have also been added to the Chrome like Instant Pages. It is leant that it will not only reduce the time taken by you to open the website but will give you complete the freedom to chooses whether to keep the feature or not. If you feel like you can always opt out by going to Settings and then Advance and then uncheck the one that says Predict network action to improve page load performance. We would conclude with it. Hope the new feature of Chrome helps you to browse faster.

Google Follows Mozilla for a Change

In its latest bid to keep Google users safe, the search engine has taken a leaf from Mozilla’s book, the security book to be more precise and has blocked the launch of outdated plug – in its Google Chrome browser just like Mozilla’s Firefox security does. A trio of Google’s security engineers said in a post on the Chromium Blog that plug-ins that are out of date and hence prone to the exploitation of bugs would be refused a run in Chrome, hence making it more secure. Chromium is the name given to the open source development project that supports the Chrome Browser.

Users will be warned on initiation of infrequent plug-in

Though when exactly will this step be seen functional in Chrome. The only time span that has been indicated is that it will happen somewhere in the “medium term”. The plug-ins that would be blocked were not specified either. The engineers also informed that the users will receive assistance to update their old plug-ins. The engineers, Chris Evans, Juien Tinnes and Michael Zalewski also said that the users will receive a warning on the attempt of the initiation of an infrequently used plug in. as there are many plug ins that are installed but seldom required by internet users presently, so an attempt to initiate such a plug in can raise suspicion and hence Google Chrome will be warning the users on the event. However, the exact definition of these ‘infrequently utilised’ plug-ins was not touched upon by Evans, Tinnes or Zalewski.
There was no response from Google when quizzed about the changes in Chrome, any requests for details, information or clarification went unanswered.

What makes Chrome similar to Firefox now?

This move makes Google and Chrome a follower of Mozilla whose browser is already armed with the service of blocking out-dated plug-ins. The basic plug-in block was added to Firefox 3.5 by Mozilla in September last year, but the feature was fleshed out in Firefox 3.6 debuting in January. The latest Firefox has the ability to check browser plug-ins like Adobe’s Flash player or Quicktime (Apple) to ensure that they are up to date, further blocking out vulnerable ones from loading and then assisting users as to how to update the software. The engineers also informed that the users will receive assistance to update their old plug-ins. The engineers, Chris Evans, Juien Tinnes and Michael Zalewski also said that the users will receive a warning on the attempt of the initiation of an infrequently used plug in.

Both Mozilla and Google agree to the fact that the step has been taken in response to the increased attacks against such vulnerable plug-ins as Adobe’s Flash Player and Reader. However Google remains ahead of Mozilla in many other arenas.

For instance, chrome can update Adobe’s Flash Player automatically. It has even added an integrated PDF viewer to its “developer” built that is for Windows and Mac.

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