Safe Browsing in Chrome

Google chrome supports a blacklist of sites which are known for hosting malware or being used as phishing sites. A phising attack is where the attacker attempts to trick the user into entering their sensitive information into a fake website. Google Chrome eliminates that threat. Whenever you attempt to visit a site on this blacklist a warning will appear letting you know that this site is known for suspicious and potentially dangerous activity. Of course, you may proceed to the site at your own risk.

To further increase security Google Chrome sandboxes their tabs. This means that each tab in the browser is treated as a separate process. By doing this each of the tabs cannot see any information or data associated with any other tab. If you were entering your bank information on your valid banking site, and happened to have a malicious site open in another tab, the malicious site would be able to steal your bank information. With sandboxing that malicious site would not have access to any of the information in any of the other tabs and your bank information would remain safe and sound. This is also true for saved passwords, since your passwords are saved in your preferences, they are not associated with any tab and thus any malicious site would not be able to attain your password information.

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6 thoughts on “Safe Browsing in Chrome

  1. Google Chrome is obviously one of (if not) the most secure browsers out there which is why I love it so much. Google has actually noticed the increase in cyber threats and is actually responding to it well. This is also why Google gets so popular, they actually notice what people want/need and react to it. Until there is another browser that is proven to be more secure, I will definitely continue to use Google Chrome.

    • Another statement to attest to Chrome’s security is that for the past 3 years of the hacker convention Pwn2Own no security flaws have been exploited. Chrome is indeed one of the most secure browsers out there and with its rapid release cycle there is little fear that this will be changing any time soon.

      I’m glad others are aware of Chrome’s security features.

  2. In my opinion Google Chrome is one of the most secure browsers and has alot of add ons that can make it even more secure. In todays day in age it is very important that browsers have the abitlity to have add ons to make them more user friendly and able to do more things.

  3. It’s tough for me cause I’d much prefer to use Chrome due to the lower memory footprint. In Firefox the memory usage doesn’t really become an issue until you have a lot of tabs open but once you got 15+ then its starts being a hog. Firefox has the noScript plugin though, which I feel that when used gives you a much more secure browsing experience then Chrome. As far as I’m aware there ins’t anything similar like it yet for Chrome although there are some plugins that a fulfill some of its features.

    • As far as your statement of memory usage I’d actually have to disagree. Through the Browser Grand Prix held by Tom’s Hardware for the past several years, when comparing Firefox 7 and Chrome 14 the results are quite interesting.

      For memory footprints Firefox 7 has a lower memory footprint than Chrome 14 for both a single tab and having 40 tabs open.

      Single tab usage:

      40 tab usage:

  4. I like the fact that each tab is separate of each other that way when one crashes they dont all crash which is more than I can say for FF…I will attest though that the latest firefox is a lot less buggy than chrome.

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