Google Chrome's Troublesome Weaknesses

When the Google Chrome Web browser was released at the end of 2008, a number of my IT acquaintances advised me to make the switch, especially since it would be more stable and secure than IE.


I decided to wait, as I'm not one to jump on the bandwagon just because something is new and shiny. But it appears to be a fairly secure browser, living up to its billing, as this piece from the Association of Computing Machinery explains.


Too bad the same can't be said about the Google Chrome OS. When it was first introduced last summer, Chrome came with a number of security questions.


If you decide to make the switch, there are a few issues of concern. In an IT World blog, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols wrote that a Google Chrome security failure lies in its use of passwords:


"Everything you'll do on a Chrome OS computer is based on the good old user/password concept. This SSO (single sign on) key unlocks all your information, which is stored on the cloud. This means you can log into your account from any Google Chrome device. That's the good news. That's also the bad news.
On Chrome, all your personal information is only a login away. And, when I say all your information, I mean all. This isn't just access to a critical file or information about one bank account, it's every file and all the information you keep in those files."


A Computerworld article reported that McAfee believes Google Chrome will be a prime target for hackers in 2010. That's not unexpected, as all new operating systems present a new challenge for hackers. But the article pointed out:


"Another reason hackers will likely target Chrome OS is its reliance on HTML 5, the still-unfinished revision of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) that aims to replace the current crop of rich media plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight, with advanced features developers can build right into sites."

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