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Latest Chrome update focuses on speed and stability

Google has released the latest version of its Chrome browser and is promising users a faster and more stable experience.

“Chrome gives you a fast and secure way to explore the web, no matter what device you’re using,” says AbdelKarim Mardini, product manager at Google Chrome, in a company blog post. 

“To keep all of our users safe and to help them save on data usage, we now show 5 million Safe Browsing warning messages every day and have over 100 million people using Data Saver mode in Chrome on Android,” he says. 

Mardini says this saves up to 100 Terabytes of data a day.

Mardini says the latest Chrome version for iOS is significantly faster and more stable, so users can pick up where they left off browsing (on any device) without worrying about Chrome crashing on misbehaving webpages. 

“In fact, tests show that the latest version reduces Chrome’s crash rate by 70% and speeds up JavaScript execution significantly,” he adds.

Chrome has also created a Data Saver extension, which aims to reduce the data a computer needs to access websites using the same compression technology as Chrome for Android’s Data Saver mode.

Along with the update, Chrome is also offering tips to users about how to protect themselves online. 

“Of course, even with all the features Chrome offers to help you stay secure online, there's a lot you can do too to protect yourself,” says Mardini.

  • Keep your computer free of unwanted software with the Chrome Cleanup Tool. This programme sweeps through your computer for software that’s been identified by Google and our industry partners as unhelpful or malicious. To date, 40 million people have successfully cleaned up their computers with this tool. 
  • Starting in this latest release, you’ll begin to see all extensions to the right of the URL bar, so you can easily remove anything you don’t recognise. Just right click the extension icon and select “Remove from Chrome.”
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