Website security received a boost after Google released version 17 of its Chrome browser to its stable distribution channel with new security features to protect users against malicious downloads, as well as pre-rendering of web pages to speed browsing.
The move follows Google's announcement this week of the first mobile version of Chrome for Android smartphones and tablets.
Chrome 17.0.963.46 is available now for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms via Google's Stable Channel, which means this version is suitable for all users to download and install.
The new release focuses on speed and security, with Google implementing a particular feature to make web page loading even faster, based on autocomplete.
If the user starts typing into the Omnibox address bar and Chrome autocompletes this to a valid URL, the browser will now pre-render the page so it will appear faster, sometimes as soon as the user hits the enter key, Google claimed.
Meanwhile, on the security side, Chrome 17 offers greater protection against harmful downloads by checking executable files against a whitelist.
If the file the user is attempting to download is not listed, Chrome then checks with Google for more information, such as whether the site in question is known to host malicious downloads. Microsoft's IE9 already offers similar security protection.
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