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Google Polishes Its Chrome Browser

March 9, 2011

The latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser promises quick and responsive internet use.

“We realize that speed isn’t just about pure brawn in the browser. It’s also about saving time with simple interfaces,” Google engineer Tim Steele said in a Tuesday blog post.

Improvements include settings for bookmarks, passwords, searches and home pages as well as enhanced protection from browser malware.

The latest Chrome browser software is available free online at google.com/chrome. Earlier versions of the Web browser already being used in computers will be automatically updated, according to Google.

“It’s also about saving time with simple interfaces. Chrome’s new settings interface will help you get to the right settings quickly so you don’t have to dig endlessly to find a way to import your bookmarks or change your browser’s home page,” according to the blog post.

Users who save passwords in the browser can quickly log on to websites they frequent, even on different computers. This can be done by synchronizing the passwords from a Chrome browser on one computer to a Chrome browser on another, by entering one’s Google account credentials.

“You can also encrypt those passwords with your own secret pass phrase for extra security,” Google claims. Passwords are the latest items that can be synchronized in Chrome, after bookmarks, extensions, preferences, and themes.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is the most widely used Web browser in the United States followed by Firefox, Chrome and Apple’s Safari.

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