Saturday, February 4, 2012

[G] German Federal Office of Information Security recommends Chrome

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Google Chrome Blog: German Federal Office of Information Security recommends Chrome

Today the BSI, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, released a best practice guide for Windows users as part of their overall guidelines and recommendations for Cyber Security. Security has always been a core focus of Chrome, so we’re particularly honored to see several of its security benefits recognized in the report:

The browser is the central component for using any online service on the Web and therefore is the most critical attack surface for cyber attacks. Therefore, if possible, you should use a browser with sandbox technology. The browser that currently most consistently implements this protection is Google Chrome ( Comparable mechanisms implemented in other browsers are either weaker, or non-existent. By using Google Chrome, in addition to the other mechanisms we mentioned, you can significantly reduce the risk of a successful IT attack.

In addition to Chrome’s sandbox, the guide also highlights the importance of Chrome’s auto-update feature:

Equally positive is the auto-update functionality of Google Chrome, which includes a bundled version of the Adobe Flash Player. By bundling it with Chrome, the Adobe Flash Player will also always be kept up to date.

On the eve of Safer Internet Day, security on the web still faces a variety of challenges. We hope our efforts to improve the security and privacy of our users continue to help make the web a better place.

Posted by Dr. Wieland Holfelder, German Extraordinaire, and Travis McCoy, Security Aficionado

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