Chrome v5.0.317.0: Another reason to ditch Firefox

Chrome v5.0.317.0: Another reason to ditch Firefox

Summary: Do you still use Firefox? I am still a Firefox fan, however the latest release in the Dev channel for Google Chrome has me really excited.

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Do you still use Firefox? I am still a Firefox fan, however the latest release in the Dev channel for Google Chrome has me really excited. One of the best extensions for Firefox was one called NoScript -- a really easy way to make sure browsing stays secure.

Javascript is a vital piece of the web today -- but at the same time, it's another tool that hackers can use to steal your information through what's called XSS (Cross-Site Scripting).

Google Chrome v5.0.317.0 now officially supports NoScript-like behavior, where you can prohibit all javascript from running, except the scripts you explicitly authorize. This new version also lets you selectively choose which cookies, images, plug-ins and pop-ups are allowed as well.

At first, this feature feels like Windows Vista -- asking you if you want to allow scripts every time you click on something -- but it doesn't take long for your exemption list to become fairly robust.

You can also control your content settings from the address bar. If there is any blocked item on the current web page, a small icon will appear in the address bar, and users can manage settings by clicking on it. This feature is similar to NoScript, where you can control settings from the status bar icon. -- <a href="">Techie Buzz

Google Chrome is almost irresistible now -- I can't think of any reason, other than Firebug, why I should use Firefox anymore. Can you think of anything Google Chrome doesn't do well enough to switch from your current browser?

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  • Competition is always good

    After years of totally stagnant browser market, competition is now growing. Browsers are finally catching up to performance and innovation.

    Google Chrome is the new kid on the block and is showing signs of being impressive. But unfortunately it has a small problem .... big brother syndrome. To much Google spyware built into it.

    I have nothing to hide and I'm not even worried about someone finding out if and when I ever watch a porn video. But there are too many tracking features built into Chrome that I don't like and until it is verified that they are out (not just disabled), Firefox will be my choice for browser.
    wackoae
    • Chrome being a Google spyware

      ... alone should be enough a reason to stay w/ Firefox.
      LBiege
      • you should replace you tin foil hat

        and remember they are everywhere they are
        looking for you , hide fast hide run as far
        as you can ...... please do so .


        everything is there to collect information you
        everybody calm down they are all the same.

        google , ie,ff they wanna know what we do what
        buy .
        Quebec-french
        • RE: Tin foil hat

          The point, I think, is not that the gubmint is coming for you, but that once a company collects your data, it's now at risk to be compromised. Think about every time a company loses a chunk of financial transactions and your credit card companies all have to issue you new numbers. I'd rather not have unnecessary data of mine stored anywhere.
          branchman67
          • people who call others tin foil hatters are brainless

            And probably think 'Homeland Security' (or is it 'fatherland security'?) is to protect them. Google has joined whatever part of the C.I.A. expects (and they're right, most of the population doesn't have two brain cells to rub together) that Muslims can just suspend basic laws of physics and fly airliners like stunt pilots after a few takeoffs in a Cessna. Call them willfully ignorant or just victims of cognitive dissonance because they're cowards that can't face facts. Not theories, cold hard facts. So what're you going to do with such people? Google Chrome is going to find tons of people who accept their 'change you can believe in' (was that Googles jingle or someone elses?) Go Google, we're Number 1!
            paladin2
          • Conspiracies checklist?

            You should be saying that, ZDNet is a CIA front operation out to get you.

            Seriously, first google probably works with the CIA with their FOREIGN operations. Here they probably work with the NSA. The homaland security is simply a money hole, they are not building deathcamps or anything, just burning the tax-payers money.

            As for the airliners, just try FSX. I wont make fun of you on that, it would be too easy to enjoy.

            Look as the past and youll understand the future. Nobody ever did anything that crazy.

            Fail 911 = civil war.
            Tommy S.
          • ????

            Wouldn't the C.I.A. benefit more from messing with browsers
            like Internet Explorer or Opera, where any sneaky changes they
            make can't be seen by the public?


            Also, what's so hard about making such a huge airliner hit
            such a huge building? I've heard of people questioning whether
            it would be enough to bring those towers down, but not that
            flying them into the towers was some kind of crazy
            impossible-to-do feat in itself..
            AzuMao
          • You're correct but it's terribly depressing isn't it?

            "Google Chrome is going to find tons of people who accept their 'change you can believe in' (was that Googles jingle or someone elses?) Go Google, we're Number 1!"

            You're correct of course but it's terribly depressing isn't it?

            Your reference 'Fatherland security' says it all. However, let's call it for what it is, any future Google jingle will be just propaganda. And as we know, propaganda had sufficient influence on the population of the Wiemar Republic to cause a worldwide disaster.

            Nowadays, disguised from its origins and sanitized to conform with local political correctness, propaganda is the basis of modern advertising, political spin and the modus operandi of all public relations companies. It works and it works well, most succumb to its charms.

            Budding despots, if you want to know how to control a country though propaganda then here's the blueprint, tragically this one worked too well:

            http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/goeb54.htm
            Irritated_User
          • Apparently igorance of the basic laws of physics is your specialty

            Flying a jet or any modern airplane in a straight line is hardly 'stunt piloting'.
            If you don't want to use a certain browser, then don't. If you think Google has some geopolitical goal, go right ahead, just remember, we've got to keep the loonies on the path. Google has a goal of cloud computing and is inventing tools to make that happen. No one is making anyone drink the Koolaid. I use Chrome at home, because it has a nice small footprint. Google doesn't like governments getting too heavy handed with them, it interferes with their goal of being best, brightest and making the most money. (See, China). NO one thinks Homeland Security is protecting them. They run TSA, see how well TSA is run, it appears their job is stealing stuff from people's luggage and making you get to the airport early so you can undress in public. Stopping stuff.. not so good at that.

            I think that the only one using 'change' in an advertisement was the Democratic party. I think the slogan was, "When we're done, all you have left is change."
            Bill F.
          • Hey..

            [i]NO one thinks Homeland Security is protecting them. They
            run TSA, see how well TSA is run, it appears their job is
            stealing stuff from people's luggage and making you get to
            the airport early so you can undress in public. Stopping
            stuff.. not so good at that.[/i]

            ..that's not true. They are great at stopping the United
            States' travel policies from deviating too much from Nazi
            Germany's.

            [i]I think that the only one using 'change' in an
            advertisement was the Democratic party. I think the slogan
            was, "When we're done, all you have left is change."[/i]

            ..it's not like Obama made all the problems. Bush screwed the
            country up over 8 years.. obviously it's going to take time
            to undo all that.
            AzuMao
          • As with all modern browsers, browsing history is saved locally..

            ..is this what you're referring to?
            Just like ctrl+shift+n to enter private mode.
            In Chrome you can do this while still having
            normal tabs open, where as in Firefox it can only
            be one or the other..


            Or were you referring to something else? If so,
            what?
            AzuMao
        • Paranoia

          Great response. The unwarranted fear that certain
          groups spread is becoming absurd.
          Californian
          • Why?

            Google already knows more about the average person than his or her spouse. Why volunteer to give them that much more?
            Dr. John
          • What does your choice of browser have to do with that?

            Have you found some kind of backdoor that you would like to make
            us aware of? It shouldn't be nearly as hard to find one as in IE,
            Opera, or any of the other browsers that hide their source code..
            AzuMao
      • Stay away from spyware and malware;

        Chrome = Spywar
        Firefox = Malware

        We need more genuine web browsers.
        sadly2010
      • Stay away from spyware and malware;

        Chrome = Spyware
        Firefox = Malware

        We need more genuine web browsers.
        sadly2010
      • seems Microsoft spin cycle has started....

        Does anybody feel strange that a new common dialogue has emerge trying to link Google with Spyware.

        First it was used to avoid people from installing Chrome instead of IE. Now it keeps creeping, regarding the Firefox vs. Chrome stats (since IE7 was doomed and IE8 is just scaffolding keeping the gates from falling).

        For me, one of the reasons to stay with Firefox is Chrome sacrifices some JavaScript compatibility for the sake of speed. I frequently see JS incoherent behavior (even on Google maps) when using Chrome. IE and FF behave as planned although IE seems stricter than FF, since FF hides not so relevant errors. IE8 sucks good in both areas, being strict and slow, BTW.

        Aside from that, Chrome makes a good casual surfing experience and even avoids the 100% CPU usage sometimes experience on FF when using Flash intensive sites.
        cosuna
      • Google, not!

        I agree. I'll use Google's search engine occasionally, but as for their browser or OS, I think not.
        Gerry_z
      • Every Chrome d/l has a unique tracking ID

        If you want to avoid being tracked by your unique Chrome ID, try these recommendations: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/01/28/three-privacy-minded-google-chrome-alternatives/. Of course, the new JS blocking might not be in there yet.

        I believe that privacy is such an important aspect in any browsing, that I wouldn't want to forgo it so easily. Sure, Chrome is faster and less memory hungry than FF, but that shouldn't come at the behest of privacy.

        And: FF offers Adblock Plus - somehting Chrome wouldn't implement out of obvious reasons ;-)
        invenio
        • You can get Adblock for Chrome

          https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom
          Tom-Tech