The Return Of Chrome (well Chromium actually)
I started using Chrome/chromium when it first appeared. I stopped using it at about version 21. I did so because by that time I had christened it "The browser that never fails - to fail". In all the time I used it the same pattern was repeated. It started out as the fastest browser you have ever seen. Then after a period of time it got to the point where it was so useless that it wouldn't even open its own home page
"Aw Snap - Something went wrong"
was all I got to see until I reinstalled it for the umpteenth time. It seemed to have this "Live fast and die young" attitude. Eventually you get tired of this behaviour and revert back to Firefox which, although undoubtedly slower, at least doesn't fail and need reinstalling every other week.
Just recently I have been forced into a rethink, and reluctantly, have reinstalled Chromium onto my pc (it is a different machine now so maybe that will make a difference - I don't know).
The reason is security, more specifically Sandboxing. Chromium has it and Firefox doesn't. If you don't understand what sandboxing is watch this video about it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... 9e0CtgXZSI
Ah I hear you say, but sandboxing has already been cracked, it is almost a smoke and mirrors exercise. Well, you are right in the first part certainly as this will testify:
http://www.zdnet.com/pwn2own-down-go-al ... 000012283/
But if you read the end of that link you will see the following quote:
"Chrome is probably the most hard to attack because of the sandbox. The weakness in Chrome is Webkit and the strength is the sandbox. Probably one of the reasons Chrome is so secure is that the Google guys don't just fix vulnerabilities but they're proactive in fixing techniques and sandbox bypasses."
That comes from the CEO of the firm that cracked it and really that is a good enough reason for me to reinstall Chromium.
I have it running permanently in 'incognito' mode as well, although that part of it really is of very little value unless you have a publicly usable computer.
My complete and utter lack of trust in this browser means that I only intend to use it for internet banking, nothing else, for everything else I will use FF.
If you aren't already using Chrome/Chromium and security matters to you then it's sandboxing feature is a valid security tool which you may want to consider and one that FF does not have (yet). Even if, like me, you don't like the browser it may still be worth considering.
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