One of the safest web browsers is Google Chrome browser, which is becoming more and more popular. The security features include:
- Sandboxing. Almost all browsers now have tabbed browsing, even IE has it for a long time. But Chrome differs itself from others by implementing sandboxing. The tabs have individual processes with sandbox capabilities which restrict privileges for third-party apps. This (sandboxing), according to Google and security experts “prevent malware from installing itself on your computer or using what happens in one browser tab to affect what happens in another. The sandbox adds an additional layer of protection to your browser by protecting against malicious web pages that try to leave programs on your computer, monitor your web activities, or steal private information from your hard drive.”
- Alerting. Chrome alerts about bad sites, most importantly, very accurately. IE browser also tries to do a similar thing, but it is totally unreliable. Chrome’s phishing and malware detection are very impressive and it can be a good compliment to your anti-virus software.
- Self-updating. Auto-updating is nothing new, even M$ rolled out updates every month. But self-updating in Chrome is truly non-intrusive: no bullshit and updating itself only. No popups, no restart, no reminders.
Remember, the browser itself can provide very limited protection for safe surfing. You still need other tools and measures, as explained in our safe surfing guide series, antivirus, anti-malware and webmail.
Anyway, try to download and use Chrome today, if you haven’t.