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Google makes it mandatory for Chrome Apps to tell Users what Data they collect

In Brief
Chrome apps and extensions make things easier, but they can also do terrible things like spy on web users and collect their personal data.

But, now Google has updated its browser’s User Data Policy requiring all Chrome extension and app developers to disclose what data they collect.

Furthermore, developers are prohibited from collecting unnecessary browsing data and must also use

Google to Speed Up Chrome for Fast Internet Browsing

Google is planning to make Chrome faster in order to provide its users fast Internet browsing experience.
Thanks to a new, open-source data and web compression algorithm for the Internet called Brotli, which Google announced last year to boost its web page performance.
With Brotli, Google will speed up Chrome and users could get a significant performance boost in coming months.<!– adsense –>

Google drops Chrome support for old operating systems

Are you still running an old PC operating system like Windows XP or Vista?

There are some risks running an unsupported operating system — the biggest is falling behind with security updates and fixes.

As years roll by it’s necessary for companies to “deprecate” (a fancy way of saying “make obsolete”) older versions of their software. This becomes necessary because it’s hard coordinating and supporting many different versions.

Google has announced that from April 2016 they will no longer be supporting their popular Chrome web browser for certain older operating systems.

The operating systems affected are:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

How does this affect me?

Chrome will continue to work on the operating systems mentioned above, but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.

If you continue to use an old operating system, and software that is no longer supported, then you will likely be more vulnerable to new and emerging security threats.

What can I do?

To avoid vulnerabilities and the risk of infection from malware and viruses, we recommend that you always keep your operating system and all your software up-to-date.

Consider upgrading your operating system where possible for the best protection and productivity, and if this means upgrading your old computer, it may well be worth exploring.  Think about it, the cost of data loss from a security breach could be costlier than the price of new hardware.

And while you’re at it, installing an effective antivirus and security suite is worth it for peace of mind — PC users can download AVG AntiVirus Free, and Mac users can download our free AVG AntiVirus for Mac.

Google cracks down on ad-injectors

The reality of the web is that not every site is secure. However, most of us get by just fine by sticking to well-known websites from trustworthy companies. Antivirus plays its part by scanning websites and letting you know ahead of time whether or not a site is trustworthy.

While this helps protect against most browser based threats, one area that is commonly exploited is ad-injection. Unlike the bulk of a page’s content, ads tend to be loaded from an external ad server or Content Delivery network (CDN).

Ad Map

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Attackers have found a way to insert malware into the advertising code, which in some cases can circumvent the web page’s security and serve malicious code to the visitor.

In an effort to combat ad-injection malware, Google’s Safe Browsing team announced that when Chrome detects a possible ad-injection on a site that it will serve its famous “red screen” advising the user that the site is potentially unsafe to visit.

Red screen


How to activate Google Safe Browsing

Activating Google Safe Browsing is simple.

In Google Chrome, select the drop down menu in the top right hand corner.

Select “Settings”

Chrome Menu


Ensure that the “Enable phishing and malware protection” button is checked.

Chrome Privacy Settings