Chrome 10: More About Speed Than Security

Yesterday, Google released its updated Chrome browser lauding the increased speed and JavaScript performance on this version with barely a nod to security.

"With today's stable release, even your most complex Web apps will run more quickly and responsively in the browser," Google software engineer Tim Steele posted. "We realize that speed isn't just about pure brawn -- it's also about saving time with simple interfaces."

Steele explained that the updated interface with this new version is designed to make it easier to find ways to import bookmarks, change a homepage, find new setting or manipulate links. They hope that this will end "long, frustrating phone conversations with your dad on where to find that specific setting in the browser."

The new version does address security and safety. There is a new password-synchronisation feature that allows users to log onto frequently visited sites at different computers and encrypt those passwords with a pass phrase. There is also an extended Chrome sandbozing technology that should help users avoid malware and malicious web pages.

On the security front, a new password-synchronization feature will allow users to log onto frequently visited websites at different computers, and encrypt those passwords with a secret pass phrase.

The focus on performance over security is in line with the public feeling; most people switch browsers because of perfermance, not fear of attach. Harry Sverdlove, chief technology officer for IT security provider Bit9 expanded on this to TechNewsWorld - "For most businesses, security is still the most important factor, followed closely by central manageability. For consumers, performance likely tops security. The primary uses of the browser at home are often very taxing on a browser, with Flash games and complex JavaScript, so consumers are more sensitive to performance issues and less security-savvy."

The security for businesses is a key point for browsers to consider "the browser is widely known to be the most common and most vulnerable entry point for attacks," Sverdlove explained. "IT organizations, too, are concerned about their risk exposure via the browser."

With 76 security vulnerabilites found when Bit9 tested it, placing it at the top of their "dirty dozen" list of vulnerable applications Google clearly can't write off security as a concern just yet.

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