| By Ian “Gizmo” Richards |
Critics have rightly questioned whether Google’s Chrome browser transmits too much data about user browsing habits to the company’s databases.
Although most of the reports of Chrome’s privacy issues are more alarmist than factual, problems do exist — but they can be effectively controlled by changing a few Chrome settings.
Google makes its browser fresh, fast, and safe
First, full disclosure: I’m a great fan of the Firefox browser, and it’s been my standard browser since Version 1. That said, I now use Chrome about as often as Firefox in my day-to-day computing. In fact, Chrome is my first choice when I go surfing for information on the Web.
The reasons are simple — Chrome’s speed and advanced secure browsing.
Chrome is dramatically faster to load than Firefox 3.6 or Internet Explorer 8 and noticeably faster when loading Web pages. In my subjective testing, and in everyday browsing, Chrome displayed pages twice as quickly as IE.