I’m happy to know that Google Chrome newest stable version yet which is Chrome 12 can now automatically scan for malicious downloads. According to USAToday, Chrome 12 boasts that it will not need to know the malicious web destinations ahead of time, and yet it will be able to detect malicious downloads. So, it sounds Chrome 12 is super safe! Still, some hackers out there may eventually know how to circumvent Google Chrome’s newest yet battle strategy. For now though, don’t we love nothing more than a browser such as Chrome to exhibit such amazing security feature? I think so, because with Chrome 12 we may feel surfing the web and downloading data somewhat safer than what not.
If one day the browsers can replace all security software, that will be the day that I’m truly happy! No longer anybody needs to download a bunch of security software to hog evermore computer’s resources. No longer anybody needs to buy even more security software just to know later they still can be hacked as usual. It will be a death knell for many security software if light weight browsers can be configured to prevent computer viruses and malware. Firewall? Sure, a browser can become a user interface for IPTables for Linux users. Imagine that eh? How about such a browser can also configure Windows’ firewall with preset safest firewall settings? Don’t worry, such browsers will allow users to modify security rules of Windows’ firewall down to the tiniest detail so whatever specifications and needs will be met.
You see, Chrome is heading in the direction that I have to say, “I’m loving it!” You see, it doesn’t matter if a computer has installed the best security software. When a user downloads something destructive, the security software has only one chance of identifying such malicious download; we know more than often, many security software tend to miss the mark completely, especially with those zero-day exploits. The truth is that no antivirus software can boast for sure that they will catch 100% of all virus types out there in the wild. As Internet connection gets faster, the needs for downloads will increase many more folds. It’s obvious that we will get infect by virus easily if we are not evermore vigilant about our downloading behaviors. So, in the end I don’t see that many differences between a browser with capability of detecting computer viruses versus an antivirus software. The big difference is that a browser may likely be free of charge, but most antivirus software come with decent price tags.
Chrome 12 has other new features too, but I let you read them at USAToday’s “Google Chrome 12 is now stable release.” You don’t have to wait for Google to push the update to your browser automatically, because now you can venture directly to Google Chrome’s website and download the newest stable version. Don’t forget to install it after you download it, eh? I think by installing the latest version, the older version will be overwritten automatically. Just make sure you actually quit Chrome before the installation of the newest yet stable version of Chrome begins.