Google revamps Chrome: faster with new security settings

9 Mar 2011

Google has unveiled a new release of its Chrome browser which the search giant says is faster and more stable. The boost in performance is equal to a 66pc improvement in JavaScript performance on the V8 benchmark suite.

The latest release features a new settings interface that makes it easier to import bookmarks and change the browser’s homepage.

It also comes with a search box that finds the settings users are looking for as they type.

Users can also copy and paste a direct link into Chrome’s address bar to jump to a specific settings page.

New security settings

Users who save passwords in the browser can now quickly log onto websites, even on different computers, thanks to a new ability to synchronise passwords across computers.

You can also encrypt those passwords with your own secret catchphrase by typing in ‘sync’ in the settings search box. Users can also sync bookmarks, extensions, preferences, themes and more.

“You’ll be even safer as you speed around the web, as we’ve extended Chrome’s sandboxing technology to the integrated Flash player in Chrome,” explained Tim Steele, software engineer at Google.

“So if you’re using Windows Vista or newer versions you’ll learn from the additional layer of protection against malicious webpages,” Steele said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years