Another Reason To Move To Chrome
This post was originally published on the IT Boss blog. It has been transferred to the Codeboss blog in order to maintain its content on this site.
I’m a big fan of Google’s Chrome browser.
It’s nice and quick, usually, when browsing the Internet, but more importantly the browser has some nice built in security features.
For example, if you follow a link to a website that is infected with malware, Chrome lets you know and warns you off the site. The same goes when a site tries on a redirect that is different from the site you want. Chrome won’t stop you, which is good because there are times when this is legitimate, but it will tell you something is fishy.
And now there is another reason to use Chrome for your Internet browsing needs. Coming in January, Chrome will not allow you to install extensions that are not from Google’s own Chrome Web Store.
While I’m not a fan of restricting user choice, I think this is a good thing as it will prevent users from inadvertently installing an extension that infects their computer with malware, or adds those oh so annoying toolbars and search redirections.
Simply put, it will make Windows users safer. The leading cause of complaints by Windows users according to Google is due to malicious extensions that override the users browser settings and do unexpected and undesired things affecting the users experience.
There will still be ways to install third party extensions outside of the Chrome web store, for instance developers have to be able to install their extensions to test before release, and some enterprises will need this capability too. Google hasn’t forgotten these cases.
This means you will still have to be careful when downloading software from the Internet, since because it runs on your computer outside the browser, it can add and change to your browser. It’s not uncommon to download a game and then find all of your computers infected by the Ask Toolbar. This happens all the time on my sisters computer when her son downloads some new Minecraft mod!
So go ahead and download Chrome today, it will make your Internet experience a little safer at least.