Google’s Chrome web browser is the most popular third-party browser in the world by far, having surpassed Firefox long ago. In fact, each passing month brings Chrome closer to surpassing Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser in the world, period. According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer’s market share has dropped from 55.83% in April 2015 to 44.79% last month, while Chrome climbed from 25.68% to 36.56% over the same period.
Earlier this year, the first signs of a major visual overhaul for Chrome began appearing online. It looked like Google might finally be bringing Material Design to its web browser, but there was no indication of when the update might actually be available for the average Chrome user on Windows or Mac.
Modern Internet browsers have private or incognito modes that let you surf the web without leaving any traces. That is, you’re not leaving any traces for anyone using the same computer once you’ve done with your session. Your searches and viewing history will not be recorded for others to see, which can be useful both at home and at work.
But that doesn’t stop third parties from tracking your activity. In fact, private browsing functionality is probably the most misunderstood feature of web browsing. More →
This week, Google released the latest stable update for its Chrome browser addressing three high priority security vulnerabilities. Version 49.0.2623.87 of Chrome is available now for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and although Google isn’t willing to discuss the fixes in detail, a recent blog post explains the basics of the bugs. More →
Exploring the sketchier regions of the Internet, you’ve undoubtedly run into sites so full of ads that it’s nearly impossible to tell which buttons or links will actually take you to the content you’re looking for. Yes, that one button might say “download,” but chances are that clicking on it will just take you to a site you really don’t want to visit.
Google’s Chrome browser might be a battery hog on occasion, but it still offers one of the best Internet browsing experiences out there. One of the things that make Chrome so useful is the large number of available extensions that add various features to your browsing experience, and most Chrome extensions are available as free downloads.
By most accounts, the transition to Material Design has been a successful one for Android. It’s more responsive, it’s easier on the eyes and it’s even made its way over to iOS to some degree. So it only makes sense that Google would take what it’s learned from Android and implement the best elements in the Chrome browser.
Despite being a diehard Chrome user on both my Windows 10 laptop and my MacBook Air, I’ve never made the switch from Safari on my iPhone. I’ve given it a shot, but it was just never quite as dependable as the stock browser.
Google is aware that many iPhone users have tried and failed to convert to Chrome, so on Wednesday, the company released a massive new update that it says makes the browser “significantly faster and more stable” than before. More →
As of the end of 2015, data from market research company Net Applications showed that Google’s Chrome browser is used on 32.33% of desktop and laptop computers globally. Following the company’s next major update, however, that figure could grow substantially.
According to a new post on Google+ from Ilya Grigorik, a web performance engineer at Google, the company is nearly ready to roll out a new version of its Chrome web browser that will include the biggest speed boost Chrome has ever received in a single update. More →
When Donald Trump first got in the presidential race, I was positively giddy with excitement about the potential comedy he’d bring. Since then, however, I’ve grown progressively more annoyed with (and at times alarmed by) Trump’s shtick. It’s really time for someone to beat him handily in the primary elections, whether it’s Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz or Chris Christie. I don’t care at this point: Trump isn’t fun anymore and he just needs to go back to his old job of being the world’s most effective Twitter troll as soon as possible. More →
If you’re a somewhat savvy Internet user, you surely know by now that a good VPN service is absolutely essential to ensuring that your privacy is guarded while you surf. A VPN solution, or virtual private network, funnels your Internet traffic through an intermediary server and hides your real IP address from the sites and services you use online. This means that you remain anonymous to websites, services and perhaps most importantly, advertisers, so that they cannot track your browsing habits to build profiles and serve you targeted ads.
There are plenty of VPN services out there that are worth paying for, but some people simply won’t cough up the cash no matter how much they value their privacy. Well lucky for them, there’s a terrific free unlimited VPN option out there that will safeguard you without costing an arm and a leg. More →
Last week, we told you about 10 free Chrome extensions that hack your browser in ways that could be game-changers for many users. We covered all sorts of functionality, from protecting your web browsing with a completely free VPN service to watching YouTube videos in a tiny picture-in-picture box above whatever you’re browsing. The response to that article was terrific, and many people emailed us with recommendations for more Chrome extensions that can hack the web browsing experience.
Part of the beauty of Google’s Chrome browser is that it’s so flexible thanks to a great third-party extension ecosystem, but finding good extensions isn’t always easy. In this post, we’ll show you another 10 free Chrome hacks that will change the way you surf the web. Of course, don’t forget to check out our earlier post for 10 more great Chrome extensions you need to check out. More →