The latest update of its web browser Chrome announced by Google delivers a set of intriguing new features, including the ability to sign in with more accounts as well as significant enhances to Sync. With Chrome 16 becomes easier for users who share one computer to sign in from their own account, each with its own settings such as history, add-ons, bookmarks or web-app and switching between accounts means just switching to the appropriate tab.
While this new feature could prove very convenient for groups, such as colleagues or families who only have access to one computer, at the same time, it poses a privacy issue. As jumping from one account to another is now very easy this new feature is not a tool for private browsing. You should know that the Chrome browser is more and more popular.
On Chrome Blog, Google makes it a point of warning users that all the personal data from a Chrome profile is just a click away from prying eyes.
“Keep in mind that adding new users to Chrome isn’t intended to secure your data against other people using your computer, since it just takes a few clicks to switch between users.(…)To truly protect your data from being seen by others, please use the built-in user accounts on your operating system of choice.”
Google also added improved syncing to its latest browser which allows the users the possibility to make use of their account settings and information, regardless of devices on which they sign in from. In addition to the new features Chrome 16 brings a set of security fixes listed on Stable channel release, none of which is considered critical. Chrome 16 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame.