After only 33 days in beta, Web browser Google Chrome is officially at version 17. As proved by the Peacekeeper benchmarks, Google Chrome 17 shows little improvement in terms of performance, but receive some important changes under the hood which enhance security. Chrome 17 has received an updated version of Safe Browsing technology, enhanced by adding two additional security mechanisms designed to ensure effective detection of phishing (diverting users to an exact copy of a legitimate website used by hackers to extract sensitive information such as authentication data of credit cards) and dangerous downloads.
The new version of Google Chrome automatically analyzes the properties of each web page that users visit and set off the alarm when it detects suspicious content, sending then the URL to Google for further analysis. Warnings for dangerous downloads are issued after considering a list of suppliers known to be reliable and the downloaded content. If it comes from an unknown source or the size and its digital signature does not match to any legitimate file analysis of Google in the past, then the IP address and URL of the downloaded file is automatically sent to Google for further analysis, with results for Chrome client sent back to warn the user.
The list of improvements also includes changes to the system of pre-rendering the Web page, responsible for the fast loading of web pages when we click on the popular links of the website we browse, or type in a website address that we visit often in Omnibox. Now, the display speed of the pages opened by typing the address in Omnnibox is greater, in some cases the sought page appears on the screen even before we finish typing its full name.