Google Chrome has come a long way since the first beta launched on September 2, 2008. In the eight years since then, Chrome has taken the world by storm and has given other browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer a run for their money.
Chrome accounts for more than 50 percent of web browser traffic worldwide. If that statistic doesn’t impress you, consider this—Chrome loads 771 billion pages per month and has 9.1 billion passwords and credentials saved.
The growing popularity of Chrome comes with a price, though, an increase in vulnerabilities. In early August a bug bounty program found Chrome and Firefox web address bar flaw. The flaw was caught before any malicious hackers discovered it, but the vulnerability caused the browser to flip the web address, which would have allowed hackers to easily send users to a spoofed site.
Big changes ahead for Chrome
Last week, Google announced that they will be slowly phasing out Google Chrome apps and switching them to web apps. Starting in 2018, Chrome apps will stop loading on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. What’s the difference between a Chrome app and a web app? Chrome apps are an extension on Google Chrome, and a web app is essentially a web site. Don’t worry—your Google Docs, Sheets, and Drive are all safe. In fact only 1 percent of users will be affected by this change, but some users are distraught about losing the Chrome app launcher.
Chrome 53 is set to launch this month and will reportedly include HTML5 instead of Flash. It’s a move designed to speed up load times reduce power consumption, and increase security as Flash continues to struggle with vulnerabilities.
Although Google Chrome is still young, and it will be exciting to see what they come up with next and how long the number of Chrome users will continue climb.