Google Chrome is the second most popular browser worldwide behind IE and just ahead of Firefox. It is one of the safest browsers out there. Germanyâ€™s Federal Office for Information Security (Known as BSI in German Initials) recommends Chrome for Windows users in its best practice guidelines for Windows users. The report is part of the overall guidelines and recommendations for Cyber Security.
BSI recommended Chrome because of itâ€™s sandbox technology, which isolates browser from the operating system of the computer, itâ€™s auto updating feature and bundling of the Adobe Flash. The report also states that comparable sandbox mechanisms implemented in other browsers are weaker or non-existent. BSI says, by using Google Chrome users can significantly reduce the risk of cyber attack.
Unlike in other countries European users are presented with a ballot screen with all the browsers listed, users can choose the browser of choice when setting up the machine first time, thanks to a anti-monopoly agreement between Microsoft and EU commission.
BSI also recommended other software for Windows users to keep their machines secure from cyber attacks. These include, Adobe Reader X, which also uses sandbox technology to protect users from exploits. BSI also mentioned Secuniaâ€™s Personal Software Inspector, a free tool that scans the PC for outdated programs and points to appropriate downloads.
BSI also recommends anti-virus solutions for PC users if they donâ€™t need advanced functionality like Child protection filter, monitoring of browsers and e-mail activities for malicious programs. The recommendations include Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira and avast!.
Gmail is recommended as free web mail service along with paid options. Along with these recommendations users should keep their PCs up to date with Windows auto-update feature.
Via Computer World