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I would like some comments pro/con on Google Chrome

1488 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2010 6:10 PM by Brooklyn Lion RSS
whiskey sour Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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Hello. I just downloaded an update to Google Earth and a subsidiary download of Google Chrome is also available on that download. My main browser at the moment is Camino but I do use Firefox and periodically Safari.
Before I go ahead with the Chrome Download I would appreciate any comments that anyone may have. Thanks.
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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
    Just download and try it and see if you like it. Nobody's comments matter compared to that.

    I keep it on my machine for occasional use and testing. It seems fine, but FireFox and related browsers are probably more flexible.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
    As suggested, go ahead and just try it. I have all of the browsers you mentioned as well as Opera on my Macbook Pro. Each has it's strengths and weaknesses. I was using Chrome in Windows when it first was available and I eagerly awaited it for Mac. I liked the minimalist design.

    The primary thing I use Chrome for now is to play Flash content. While there are things like Click-To-Flash, to block Flash in Safari, the catch was that the website still thought you had Flash installed, which sometimes makes it hard to test HTML5. So I uninstalled Flash, and if I need Flash, I'll open the webpage in Chrome, which has it's own Flash player. I don't have that many places I need Flash so this is not much of an inconvenience to me, but it does mean that Chrome is very important to my working abilities.
    MBP 15" Penryn, Mini 2009, iPad 3G (4.2), Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,260 points)
    I gave it a try while on a 5 hour flight since they were kind enough to pay for my inflight WiFi.
    Meh. It's another browser.

    At first, I was delighted to have the tabs on top. However, that was short lived as they used up the saved screen real estate in wasted grey space.

    Maybe I was just doing it wrong, but I can't get it's javascript exceptions to actually work. If I put in the site names of the javascript sources, it doesn't block them.

    I didn't find anything overwhelmingly special about it. The shortcoming in the javascript blacklisting is a no-go for me.
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  • Brooklyn Lion Calculating status...
    Hi! I have used Chrome on my Microsoft PC; it sure beats that browser in terms of simplicity and speed. I was wondering if installing and running it on Mac increases risks of spyware and virus contamination vs using Safari. Anybody have any ideas?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
    ... I was wondering if installing and running it on Mac increases risks of spyware and virus contamination vs using Safari...


    In general, no. The choice of browser does not increase your chance of malware. Both Safari and Chrome are based on Webkit so would likely be closer in vulnerability level to each other as compared to something using another engine like Firefox or Opera.

    In my particular case, since I don't have Flash installed, and Chrome has it's own built-in Flash player, potentially Chrome is more vulnerable than the Safari, Firefox, Camino and Opera installed on my computer, if I go to a site with some Flash malware. But realistically, the fact that you're on a Mac means there are no virus' targeting you and significantly less malware in general, so Chrome on a Mac is "safer" than Chrome on a PC, just as Safari on a Mac is "safer" than Safari on a PC.
    MBP 15" Penryn, Mini 2009, iPad 3G (4.2), Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Brooklyn Lion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 19, 2010 6:10 PM (in response to Asatoran)
    Thanks for the info.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)

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