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Chrome add-ons just became less scary, security-wise

posted onApril 18, 2016
by l33tdawg

Google has tightened the rules for admission to the Chrome Web Store, the online bazaar for add-ons to its browser.

The big change to the Alphabet subsidiary's User Data Policy is that third-party party developers are no longer permitted to move personal data in plain text. Developers must also create and publish a privacy policy explaining what data they collect using Chrome, how it is used and apply “modern cryptography” when the data is in transit.

Chrome 47 brings new developer features, over $100,000 in security fixes, and removes the notification center

posted onDecember 2, 2015
by l33tdawg

Google today launched Chrome 47 for Windows, Mac, and Linux with cooperative multitasking, automatic dismissal of desktop notifications, security improvements, and new developer features. It also removes the desktop notification center. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater or download it directly from

Chrome 64-bit browser finally available as a stable version

posted onAugust 27, 2014
by l33tdawg

Google today released a 64-bit stable version of its Chrome browser for Windows systems. The 64-bit support has been in testing since June, and as of Chrome version 37 it has made it to the mainstream version.

The 64-bit version offers three main advantages and one possible drawback. The browser's advantages are speed, security, and stability. Google claims that certain media and graphics workloads in particular are faster with 64-bit. It offers the example of VP9 video decoding—used for some YouTube high-definition streams—being 15 percent quicker compared to 32-bit.

New Google Chrome 36 Stable Fixes 12 Vulnerabilities

posted onAugust 13, 2014
by l33tdawg

A total of 12 vulnerabilities have been repaired in this release, as always, some of them being discovered by external security researchers, who were also rewarded for their efforts through Google’s bug bounty program.

For a use-after-free security flaw (CVE-2014-3165) in web sockets, Google paid $2,000 / €1,500 to researcher Collin Payne; additional information about this flaw is not available at the moment.

Chrome OS security holes found, patched

posted onMarch 19, 2014
by l33tdawg

Linux is very secure. Google's Linux-based Chrome OS, with its auto-updating and security sandboxing, is even more secure. But, neither is perfect. At Google's own Pwnium hacking contest and HP Zero Day Initiative's (ZDI) annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, three new sets of security problems were found in Chrome OS... and then immediately patched.

Google Chrome 33 released, with better security

posted onFebruary 24, 2014
by l33tdawg

The new release proves controversial as Google tightens control over the browser to the anger of some users.

In terms of new features, version 33 is rather disappointing – despite debuting in the beta channel a few weeks ago, Google Now notifications have yet to make their way across to the stable channel. In fact, version 33 is little more than a bug-fix release, with 28 security fixes the only notable highlight.

VMware and Google announce Windows applications for Chrome OS

posted onFebruary 14, 2014
by l33tdawg

VMware is teaming up with Google to bring Windows applications to Chrome OS machines.

The system will use VMware's Blast HTML5 technology to virtualise a Windows environment under Chrome OS.

With the rise in sales for the Google based operating system (OS), there has arisen a need to find a way to run traditional systems in a Chrome environment, and this represents an opportunity for enterprise users who are still tied to Windows XP, which is into its final two months of service life, to continue more or less uninterrupted without having to fear the threat of malware.

How to install and run Chromium OS on VMware Player

posted onDecember 16, 2013
by l33tdawg

It is that holiday season! Google's Chromebook is one of the hottest gift ideas under $300 (e.g., Samsung Chromebook priced at $229 from Amazon). While some of you may dismiss Chromebook as an incapable barebone laptop, the matter of fact is that sales of Chromebooks continue to soar while the rest of PC sales are plummeting.

If you want to try out Google's Chrome OS powered Chromebook without purchasing Chromebook hardware, you can actually test-run Chromium OS as a virtual machine (VM). In this tutorial, I will explain how to install and run Chromium OS on VMware Player.

Chrome 32 lets you easily find and close those noisy tabs

posted onNovember 12, 2013
by l33tdawg

If you've ever wondered which of your 200 browser tabs is making all that racket, the latest Chrome Beta can lend an ear.

When a tab is streaming audio in Chrome 32 Beta, an indicator will appear next to the close tab X. The indicators will change depending on the source, so streaming audio will be denoted by a speaker icon, a red circle will indicate a Web cam, and Chromecast's box icon will notify you when you're broadcasting a tab to your television.