Google Chrome 12 Stable Release – Improved Security, Privacy and Graphics

Chrome LogoGoogle chrome released its stable version 12 with improvements in security, privacy, and graphics to Chrome’s 160 million users.

Chrome is now more secure, with Safe Browsing technology. In addition to protecting you from certain malware and phishing websites, Chrome now warns you before downloading some types of malicious files. This feature is carefully designed so that malicious content can be detected without Chrome or Google ever having to know about the URLs you visit or the files you download.

Chrome 12.0.742.91 includes a number of new features and updates, including:

  • [advt]Hardware accelerated 3D CSS
  • New Safe Browsing protection against downloading malicious files
  • Ability to delete Flash cookies from inside Chrome
  • Launch Apps by name from the Omnibox
  • Integrated Sync into new settings pages
  • Improved screen reader support
  • Removal of Google Gears

Safe Browsing: Chrome will show you a warning message before you visit a site that is suspected of containing malware or phishing. A phishing attack takes place when someone masquerades as someone else to trick you into sharing personal or other sensitive information with them, usually through a fake website. Malware, on the other hand, is software installed on your machine often without your knowledge, and is designed to harm your computer or potentially steal information from your computer.

Chrome also now gives you more control over the data that websites store on your computer. This includes Flash Player’s Local Shared Objects (LSOs), which were previously only manageable using an online settings application on Adobe’s website. We’ve worked closely with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Chrome, making it easier for you to manage your online privacy.

Chrome users will be automatically updated to this new version of Chrome in the coming days. As Chrome continues executing on its six-week release schedule, chrome will have many more improvements coming your way.

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