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Chrome browser warns users before downloading malicious files

Warwick Ashford

Google developers have upgraded the security in the latest stable version of its Chrome browser.

In addition to protecting users from certain malware and phishing websites, Google Chrome now warns users before downloading some types of malicious files.

"We've carefully designed this feature so that malicious content can be detected without Chrome or Google ever having to know about the URLs you visit or the files you download," said software engineer Adrienne Walker in a blog post, announcing the release.

Chrome also now gives users more control over the data websites store on computers. This includes Flash Player's Local Shared Objects (LSOs), says Walker, which were previously only manageable using an online settings application on Adobe's website.

"We've worked closely with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Chrome, making it easier for you to manage your online privacy," said Walker.

In addition to security and privacy enhancements, the latest version of the Chrome browser includes support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS, which means users will get a better experience in web pages and applications that use 3D effects.

The latest version of Chrome can be downloaded here, but current users will be updated automatically.


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