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09 Jan 12 Chrome beta promises super-fast URL loads


Chrome 17 has hit beta with the promise Google’s browser will start loading web pages before you’ve completed the URL.

The Chrome team blogged here that Chrome 17 loads some pages in the background and if the URL auto-completes then Chrome will begin pre-rendering the page.

Google software engineer Dominic Hamon wrote: “Pre-rendering reduces the time between when you hit Enter and when you see your fully loaded web page – in some cases the web page appears instantly.”

Google didn’t provide any statistical data on how fast the new Chrome will be.

Security also gets a boost in Chrome 17. The new browser is being built to protect users against malicious websites that try to convince them to download and run harmful files.

Chrome includes “expanded functionality” to analyse executable files such as .exe and .msi files.

Hamon said: “If a file you download is known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads, Chrome will warn you that the file appears to be malicious and that you should discard it.”

Google hopes to expand the number of malicious files covered by Chrome “in the coming months”. ®

Article source: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/09/chrome_17_beta_fast_rendering/

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09 Jan 12 Chrome Beta loads web pages before user completes URL


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Google only recently released the beta version (Chrome 17) of its browser, Chrome. The version 17, according to an official post by Software Engineer and Speed Demon, Dominic Hamon focused on delivering speed and security, which he refers to as their two ‘core principles’. Explaining this further, he stated that now, when one tries to load a web page on Chrome, they will spot a noticeable bump in speed. Simply put, web pages on Chrome 17 load faster; and if Hamon is to be believed then, Google has taken the auto-complete aspect to the next level. Simply put, now when a user types in either a URL, or a search query in the omnibox (the address bar that also doubles up as a search bar), then Chrome attempts to predict which web page the user may want to go in for. This way, Chrome will begin loading a web page in the background, even before the user has actually typed in his query.

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08 Jan 12 Chrome 17 Sports Preloaded Pages, Safer Browsing


 

Fresh off of the release of Chrome 16 Web browser to the stable channel, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Jan. 5 made Chrome 17 available to the beta channel with a focus on speed and security.

Google applied its Instant Pages predictive search technology, which prepares the top search result in the background while a user chooses which Web link to click, to Chrome’s omnibox address bar.

Going forward, Chrome will start loading some Web pages in the background before users finish typing the URL. When a URL auto-completes for a Website the searcher is likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page, anticipating that a user might be interested in returning to the page.

“Prerendering reduces the time between when you hit Enter and when you see your fully-loaded Web page — in some cases, the Web page appears instantly,” explained Chrome engineer Dominic Hamon in a blog post.

Instant Pages has been the default feature in Chrome since version 13. Google said Instant saves users two to five seconds on typical searches.

Google Chrome 17 beta also includes improvements to Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology that can protect users from more types of malware attacks.

Chrome previously protected users from Websites that could exploit and run code oncomputers with no user interaction required. Now Chrome analyzes executable files (such as “.exe” and “.msi” files) users download.

What this means is that if a file a user downloads is malicious, or is hosted on a Website that is known to host a lot of malicious downloads, Chrome will warn users that the file appears to be malicious and tell them to dump it.

The move to bolster Chrome’s security this way comes in response to the increase in insidious Websites, some of which try to pass themselves off as anti-virus software no less, that try to hoodwink users into running a file that will give a perpetrator access to their computers.

Hamon warned that no technical tools provide blanket protection from malicious downloads and that users should “always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source.”

Chrome 17 kicks off a new year for Chrome, which finished 2011 with over 200 million users and 19 percent of the browser market, according to Net Applications. Google also agreed to pay rival/partner Mozilla $300 million a year for the next three years to make Google the default search engine in the Firefox browser.

Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Chrome could be Google’s next billion-dollar business.

 

 

Article source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/Chrome-17-Sports-Preloaded-Pages-Safer-Browsing-640057/

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08 Jan 12 Google Chrome Finally Gets Malware Download Protection


Nine months after first being put into testing, the new version of Chrome will at last included filtering against inadvertently downloading malware executables, Google has announced.

Reported as being on the browser’s long list as long ago as April 2011, the version 17 beta includes the ability to relate known malicious websites detected using the software’s Safe Browsing API, blocking downloads hosted on such domains.

The release notes mention only .exe and .msi files as being covered, but the developers offer hope that this will be extended over the course of 2012. An earlier version touted improvements in malware-blocking, but other browsers still beat Chrome’s capabilities.

“Remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source,” said Google developer Dominic Hamon.

In other words, the effectiveness of the technology will always depend on the ability of the central Safe Browsing system to quickly detect which domains are suspect, and that’s never going to be perfect.

The feature will also be able to block downloads from domains identified as being sources of malicious files, which covers legitimate domains that have been hijacked to host malware.

The benefit of the new security layer is to protect against files the user agrees to download without realising the danger in doing so, a common element of many fake antivirus programs to pick one scenario.

The Chrome 17 beta also shows off the software’s new address bar which will in some cases be able to start loading web pages before the full address has been entered.

If the algorithms determine that the site is likely from the entered text, Chrome will be able to pre-render them, reducing loading times to near instant, Hamon said.

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08 Jan 12 Google Chrome Finally Gets Malware Download Protection


Nine months after first being put into testing, the new version of Chrome will at last included filtering against inadvertently downloading malware executables, Google has announced.

Reported as being on the browser’s long list as long ago as April 2011, the version 17 beta includes the ability to relate known malicious websites detected using the software’s Safe Browsing API, blocking downloads hosted on such domains.

The release notes mention only .exe and .msi files as being covered, but the developers offer hope that this will be extended over the course of 2012. An earlier version touted improvements in malware-blocking, but other browsers still beat Chrome’s capabilities.

“Remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source,” said Google developer Dominic Hamon.

In other words, the effectiveness of the technology will always depend on the ability of the central Safe Browsing system to quickly detect which domains are suspect, and that’s never going to be perfect.

The feature will also be able to block downloads from domains identified as being sources of malicious files, which covers legitimate domains that have been hijacked to host malware.

The benefit of the new security layer is to protect against files the user agrees to download without realising the danger in doing so, a common element of many fake antivirus programs to pick one scenario.

The Chrome 17 beta also shows off the software’s new address bar which will in some cases be able to start loading web pages before the full address has been entered.

If the algorithms determine that the site is likely from the entered text, Chrome will be able to pre-render them, reducing loading times to near instant, Hamon said.

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07 Jan 12 Google Chrome finally gets malware download protection


Nine months after first being put into testing, the new version of Chrome will at last included filtering against inadvertently downloading malware executables, Google has announced.

Reported as being on the browser’s long list as long ago as April 2011, the version 17 beta includes the ability to relate known malicious websites detected using the software’s Safe Browsing API, blocking downloads hosted on such domains.

The release notes mention only .exe and .msi files as being covered, but the developers offer hope that this will be extended over the course of 2012.

“Remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source,” said Google developer, Dominic Hamon.

In other words, the effectiveness of the technology will always depend on the ability of the central Safe Browsing system to quickly detect which domains are suspect, and that’s never going to be perfect.

The feature will also be able to block downloads from domains identified as being sources of malicious files, which covers legitimate domains that have been hijacked to host malware.

The benefit of the new security layer is to protect against files the user agrees to download without realising the danger in doing so, a common element of many fake anti-virus programs to pick one scenario.

The Chrome 17 beta also shows off the software’s new address bar which will in some cases be able to start loading web pages before the full address has been entered.

If the algorithms determine that the site is likely from the entered text, Chrome will be able to pre-render them, reducing loading times to near instant, Hamon said.

Article source: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/security/3328416/google-chrome-finally-gets-malware-download-protection/

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07 Jan 12 Chrome Beta Adds Speed, IE9-Like Download Reputation Protection


With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft introduced the concept of protection from downloading malware based on “application reputation.” Google has now announced that the next major update to its Chrome browser will include a similar feature that protects users from downloading an installer file that, according to Google engineer Dominic Hamon, is “known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads.”

The protection targets the “social engineering” type of threat, rather than being a straightforward virus blocker. Often, users will see a Web site claiming to offer programs for protecting or speeding up their computers, while in fact the software being offered is spyware, adware, or another type of malware.

The new beta of Chrome 17 will also implement more pre-rendering of Web pages as you type in the browser’s combined search/address box. This is a nice browing-speed enhancer. For example, if often visit Facebook, typing just the letter “F” will autofill to the full www.facebook.com URL, as it does in most browsers. But in the Chrome 17 beta, not only will the address flesh out in the typing area, but the actual site will load in the browser window.


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This pre-rendering follows a tradition of Google trying to get you to the site you want as quickly as your computer and the Internet allow. We’ve already seen Google Instant, which loads search results before you finish typing, and pre-loading with Instant Pages, in which Chrome tries to predict the next link you’ll click on and pre-render that. Of course, the basic speed of the browser’s operation, especially in JavaScript performance, was what made Chrome so popular in the first place.

In a separate update, the released version of Chrome 16 was also updated to version 16.0.912.75 to address several security flaws. The three highest-priority among these included “use-after-free in animation frames,” heap-buffer-overflow, and a stack buffer overflow in glyph handling vulnerabilities.

For a deep dive into all of the browser’s features and strengths, read our Editors’ Choice review of Google Chrome.

For more from Michael, follow him on Twitter @mikemuch.

For the top stories in tech, follow us on Twitter at @PCMag.

Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398468,00.asp

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07 Jan 12 Latest Chrome Beta Prerenders Websites You’re Likely to Visit


Google Chrome has gained some psychic powers in the latest beta release. In an effort to make pages load faster, Google’s browser will now prerender pages as you type in the URL bar.

The latest Chrome beta is available through the Google Chrome beta channel. Be aware that the beta channel has more bugs and potential problems than the stable Chrome release.

The new prerendering feature in Chrome 17 beta is reminiscent of Google Instant, which returns search results as you type. Here, instead of pulling in search results, Chrome watches what you’re typing and makes educated guesses about the pages you’re likely to visit. “If the URL auto-completes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page,” writes Dominic Hamon, a software engineer at Google.

The end result of the new prerendering feature — provided Chrome guesses correctly — is that frequently visited pages will load a bit faster. In my testing the new feature seemed to work most reliably with bookmarked pages (which means the URL is guaranteed to auto-complete). The rest of the time it was hard to notice any real speed improvement. If you login to Chrome and allow your Google account to track your browsing history, Chrome might be better at guessing which pages to prerender [Update: As Peter Kasting, software engineer at Google, notes in the comments below, logging into Chrome "only affects prerendering insofar as it tries to ensure that all machines have access to the same data on what you've typed before. Google never analyzes your synced data, compares it with other users' actions to make better predictions, etc.; the prerendering heuristic is calculated locally".]

Along with the prerendering, Chrome 17 also extends Chrome’s Safe Browsing tools to help protect you from malicious sites and, now, malicious downloads. Like Firefox, Chrome now scans downloaded files (for now .exe and .msi files) looking for viruses or malware attacks. If a file you’ve downloaded is known to be bad, or comes from a site with a “relatively high percentage of malicious downloads,” Chrome will warn you about it and suggest you discard it.

Article source: http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/01/latest-chrome-beta-knows-which-websites-youll-visit/

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07 Jan 12 Chrome Beta Adds Speed, IE9-Like Download Reputation Protection


With Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft introduced the concept of protection from downloading malware based on “application reputation.” Google has now announced that the next major update to its Chrome browser will include a similar feature that protects users from downloading an installer file that, according to Google engineer Dominic Hamon, is “known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads.”

The protection targets the “social engineering” type of threat, rather than being a straightforward virus blocker. Often, users will see a Web site claiming to offer programs for protecting or speeding up their computers, while in fact the software being offered is spyware, adware, or another type of malware.

The new beta of Chrome 17 will also implement more pre-rendering of Web pages as you type in the browser’s combined search/address box. This is a nice browing-speed enhancer. For example, if often visit Facebook, typing just the letter “F” will autofill to the full www.facebook.com URL, as it does in most browsers. But in the Chrome 17 beta, not only will the address flesh out in the typing area, but the actual site will load in the browser window.


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Syncing Choices


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This pre-rendering follows a tradition of Google trying to get you to the site you want as quickly as your computer and the Internet allow. We’ve already seen Google Instant, which loads search results before you finish typing, and pre-loading with Instant Pages, in which Chrome tries to predict the next link you’ll click on and pre-render that. Of course, the basic speed of the browser’s operation, especially in JavaScript performance, was what made Chrome so popular in the first place.

In a separate update, the released version of Chrome 16 was also updated to version 16.0.912.75 to address several security flaws. The three highest-priority among these included “use-after-free in animation frames,” heap-buffer-overflow, and a stack buffer overflow in glyph handling vulnerabilities.

For a deep dive into all of the browser’s features and strengths, read our Editors’ Choice review of Google Chrome.

For more from Michael, follow him on Twitter @mikemuch.

For the top stories in tech, follow us on Twitter at @PCMag.

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