How Can I Make Google’s Chrome Web Browser More Secure For Surfing The Web?

A little over a year ago Google introduced a new browser into the web ecosystem.

This new browser was trying to take the best features of the browsers that previously existed and try to make them fit into one program.

The end result was Google Chrome.

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Lack Of Plugins

The browser supplied a mix of speed and power that allowed people to surf the web in a much easier and quicker fashion but the one thing that Google chrome lacked was the ability to surf the web with plugins installed.

Even though for the most part, surfing the web with Google Chrome was safer than the alternative Internet Explorer, it still was not as safe as Firefox with their abilities to have plugins installed.

But now that you can have plugins in Google Chrome, you can use them to make your web experience a safer one.

Here are a couple of ways that you can ensure that happens –

Before I go into the plugins that will make you safer, we must discuss safe web surfing in general.

No matter how many plugins you have on your computer, if you surf the web carelessly then you will still be able to catch an infection on your system.

So you must make sure that you follow several rules that will keep this from happening.

The first thing that you want to do is to make sure that you are careful of which sites that you go.

Virus Scanner

The second thing is that you want to be sure that you analyze with a virus scanner each program that you download.

It only takes one to be able to bypass your systems naturally security.

So now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about how you can use Chrome to have a safer web surfing experience.

Flashblock Plugin

The first plugin that will allow you to do this is called Flashblock.

A lot of the infections that we get on our computer come from malicious flash files on the pages that we visit.

Of course this is less than .01% of the flash files that are out there but yet the threat still remains.

So to counteract that, we can use a plugin in Chrome that will allow us to stop our computer from running flash files automatically.

We have to give the browser permission to run the files.

This way we can allow flash files to still run but only on sites that we trust.

If the site is new to us, then we keep the security protection on until we are able to trust the site.

Adblock Plugin

Another plugin that will help you keep Chrome a safe browser to use is the Adblock plugin.

This plugin targets advertisers in general but it can still be used to block dangerous JavaScript and Flash files, many which come in the form of advertising.

Using this plugin was supposed to be more for getting rid of annoying ads but it turns out that it has a serious security purpose as well.

Chrome by default is one of the safest browsers around.

With plugins now available, it becomes even safer.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. ezasdfg says:

    avant browser is better than chrome .i think ie is safer than other browser .agree with me ?

    • IE has certainly improved with the latest release. I’m playing around with a few browsers at the moment to guage which I think is safest…

  2. Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean) says:

    I am using Chrome more now, due to the availability of Adblock, Flashblock and particularly WOT (Web of Trust).

    I have also added the IETab addon for Chrome, but it doesn’t seem to work properly (certainly not as smooth as the Firefox addon).

    Chrome is lightning fast, but lacks the user customization features many find important. In the past it had a big problem with video played full screen. That seems to have been addressed in the recent updates.

    • Hi Brian, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      I like Chrome myself and agree that it is indeed faster than Firefox, or at least it seems that way to me. I haven’t tried a huge number of addons yet but certainly will in the near future.

      With that in mind, what do you make of WOT?

      • I am wondering about WOT also, i have tried it once an really didnt think a lot of it. Would be nice to hear more on it.

      • Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean) says:

        Thanks for the welcome, Larry.

        I happen to like WOT a lot. I was pretty skeptical in the beginning, but now I am a convert. It isn’t perfect (what is?) but I find it to be more up to date than Site Advisor (for example). And WOT seems to be getting better. If you tried it when it first came out and didn’t like it, you may want to give it another shot.

        Some may find fault with unsafe ratings on sites due to their business practices, and not just the security of the site, but I can live with that. With a bit of research it’s not hard to figure out why a site was given the red flag. I also like the use of the community in combination with the ratings of respected security companies.

        I can tell you my clients and friends absolutely love WOT. They find out in a hurry, they had been visiting some very shaky sites, thinking they were fine. Of course there are some who think it is a magic shield that will protect them, and stop thinking about exactly where they are going. That’s not real bright.

        If you use it as another piece of information, and another tool to protect you in the ongoing fight for the security of your computer, it can be a real boon, IMO.

        • Brian Fiori (AKA The Dean) says:

          Sorry about calling you “Larry”, Lee.

          :#)

        • I reviewed WOT here some time ago and I think you’ve just covered all the pros and cons as I saw them.

          I guess my biggest concern was that ratings could be ‘gamed’ in some respects and so I have always preferred the browsing protection option that comes with my (F-Secure) internet security suite.

          I can see where WOT could have its uses though, especially where a user is thinking of using an online e-commerce site they know little about.

          They just need to use it in conjunction with a little common sense I believe.

  3. Looks like a late fall release, but, just for laptops.
    http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2010/06/02/chrome-os-release-set-for-late-fall

  4. I havent tried Chrome yet but i know a few people who have an of course they have mixed reactions.

    On a side note have you seen this:
    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/197692/google_dropping_windows_over_security_good_luck_with_that.html

    • Yeah I saw a good few people tweeting about that earlier and I’ve read a few different articles about it this evening.

      Its an interesting move, and one that could have huge repercussions for a large variety of reasons.

      I, for one, will read a lot more before I comment too much about it as I want to understand what Google’s real motive is.

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