Monday, November 2, 2009

Choosing Google Chrome

You have many browser choices out there. If you’re running Windows, you have likely used Internet Explorer to see the world. If you have a Mac, your Web is powered by Safari. Although both of these browsers do a fine job of displaying your pages and running your apps, there’s a better way. Chrome, was built from the ground up as a browser for Web 2.0. The developers focused specifically on speed, security, and reliability throughout the design process. Plus, Chrome taps into Google Search to make finding information a breeze.

Using a faster browser
Internet apps use technology that is much more advanced than simple HTML. Older browsers started simple and kept adding new capabilities. Over time, they’ve become bulky and slow because each app has to load before the browser can load. Who has time to wait for browser windows to open?

Chrome takes advantage of new technology that runs many of these advanced features without using as much computer memory as other older browsers. This means that Chrome starts immediately after you open it and new tabs appear just as quickly. Additionally, many online apps, including Gmail and Google Sites, run much faster in Chrome than in other browsers. Try it and you’ll see what we mean.

If you decide Chrome isn’t for you, our feelings won’t be hurt. You can always go back to Internet Explorer, Safari, or whatever other browser you’re used to. However, it’s going to take a lot of effort to pry us away from Chrome.

Making the most of Google Search
The Internet is built around search. Whether you’re reviewing products, mastering a new medical procedure, or looking for that special e-mail message, search is indispensable. That’s why Chrome builds in Google Search technology everywhere from finding Web sites to locating bookmarks to checking your browsing history. One of the unique features of Chrome is the Omnibox. The Omnibox combines the browser’s address bar, search bar, and search from other Web sites into one location. Whether you know the address or want Google to find it, the Omnibox takes care of you.

Believe it or not, several other search services are out there that you can use in place of Google, including Yahoo!, Live Search, AOL, and more. When you open Chrome the first time, you have the option to choose Google Search or some other service. You can change it at any time using the Options screen.

Keeping your computer safe
Chrome even protects you from people who would steal your information or install bad software onto your computer. Every time you use it, Chrome automatically downloads a list of Web sites that Google knows are bad. They either try to get you to give up your personal information or load software to track your behavior. Whenever you come across a bad site, Google blocks the screen and helps you navigate away. If you’re certain the site is legitimate, there’s an option to continue at your own risk.

With the Omnibox, you have a handful of ways to tell whether a site is legitimate. In the Omnibox, the domain name of the site you’re visiting appears in black letters and the rest of the long address is gray. If you’re visiting an eBay page, make sure that the address shows and not some other address. When you’re on a secure site, the Omnibox is yellow and a lock icon appears on the right side. You’ll also notice that the “https” letters appear in green.

Scammers like to make you think you’re visiting a popular site, such as your bank or eBay. Although Chrome does its best to protect you from these sites, do not enter personal information, such as PINs or Social Security numbers, on a site that you visit from an e-mail link. When in doubt, visit the site directly (by typing, for example) and log in, or call the organization to see whether the request is valid.

Source of Information : Google Sites and Chrome FOR DUMMIES

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