Google Chrome at the top in battle of web browser

Google’s Chrome became the most-used Web browser last week, according to data from website analytics company StatCounter, marking a new milestone for the Internet giant in one of its many battlefronts with Microsoft. Data from web analytics service StatCounter showed that for the week of May 14-20 Chrome has averaged a higher share of web traffic for a full seven-day stretch. Statcounter’s data showed Chrome had 33% of the global market, versus 32% for Internet Explorer and 25% for Firefox.

The change in web browsing habits represents a remarkable decline for Internet Explorer, which four years ago boasted a market share of nearly 70 per cent.

While it is not the first time that Chrome has overtaken IE, it is the first time that Google’s browser has held its position for an entire week – though still by less than a percentage point.

And while Chrome is leading the browser market worldwide, it is still lagging Microsoft’s product significantly in the U.S. and the UK

The worldwide numbers are skewed by Chrome’s strong performance in Asia and South America. In Asia the Google browser beats Microsoft’s by about five percentage points while in South America Chrome beats IE hands down with nearly 50 per cent of the market to IE’s 26 per cent.
Google Chrome not only just a web browser, but people can access an online applications market called the Chrome Web store. Some of the Chrome apps are free while others are available for a fee, similar to the app markets for Apple Inc. and Google’s Android mobile devices.

Chrome hacked in minutes

Google Chrome browser was hacked twice in security competitions at CanSecWest hacking conference in Vancouver- with one successful attack taking only five minutes. The hack was conducted by researchers from French security firm Vupen, who broke Chrome’s sandbox, a system that checks the legitimacy of web code to stop malware damaging the browser.

At the same conference, a Russian researcher revealed another flaw in the sandbox by showing how malicious code could be installed on a user’s PC just by visiting a website.

While the hacks may seem like bad news, it’s actually good for Chrome users, because these hacking contests are held so that reseachers can find security flaws before criminals do. Google immediately fixed the flaws, so you shouldn’t worry. Even though the exceptionally secure but some risk always remain. It is good reminder to be careful online.