In early December, Google Chrome has managed to overcome Mozilla Firefox in popularity, and got the second place in the rankings, after Internet Explorer. With the increase in popularity, Chrome is becoming increasingly an integral part of Google services.
It seems that Google Chrome also excels in terms of security, anyone failing to exploit security vulnerabilities in more than three years in a row in the Pwn2Own hacking contest. Google Chrome comes with some excellent ways to ensure Internet security, among those: the isolation of each tab in its own process, automatic updating of phishing and malware lists, user warning and blocking of dangerous websites and a private mode of navigation called “Incognito” which prevents retention of information and history of visited websites.
But is it Google Chrome perfect? Sadly this is not the case. Like the other browsers, Google Chrome has its own problems. Although they are not as big as the competition, some of these are quite annoying.
A common problem is that the extensions and plugins often crash, although the browser is fairly stable. Every time that an extension stops functioning, a yellow bar appears at the top under the address bar, which announces that the extension no longer works. Fortunately Google Chrome has the remarkable ability to recover that tab and make that extension to work again with a simple page refresh. But when the extension has a major problem, the yellow bar appears on every page visited, thus becoming extremely stressful. The problem can be solved by uninstalling the extension or the plugin that crashes, or by updating to the latest version available.
Another big problem with Google Chrome is that of privacy. Namely the fact that Google Chrome sends certain periodic reports to Google with the sites you visit, the words you search, the location of the computer and some other useful details, many of which other websites also collect. But Google has a great advantage! It has its own browser for Internet navigation, taking advantage of this to collect valuable information about their users. All this under the pretext of improving search results in Google, but also to improve the browser itself. Although the sending of information collected by Google is done anonymously, not submitting personal information such as passwords, user names, or other information that could identify users, this anonymity is partially lost when you log on with your Gmail account. Such reports can be stopped if you disable the cookies and the history of the sites you visit. Or by using “Incognito” mode. But the bad part of disabling these features is that you can’t log on automatically to websites like Facebook. I don’t want to make you paranoid, but such information is collected by all browsers and almost all software applications that you have in your computer. This is not a special feature of Google Chrome, and it should not cause too much concern, at least from my point of view. But the situation can be improved.
A few other small problems that Google Chrome has and that I’m aware of, is the lack of an RSS module and the problems with the installation of a digital certificate manually, the latter being a drawback if the websites you know are safe, but which don’t have a certificate recognized by other certification authorities on the Internet. For this reason on such websites always appears a window with a red background, which will warn you that the certificate is not recognized, and advises you to leave that website, that even if that certificate is installed.
Well, that’s it with Google Chrome! If you know and experience other problems than those exposed by me, I invite you to bring them to my knowledge in the comments section below.