Google Chrome 34 Focuses on Stability and Password Management

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chrome’s newest edition is debugged and lets users store passwords even when websites normally do not allow it.

Google Chrome 34 is now stable and available for update for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The Chrome Releases blog post says that 31 bugs have been fixed. Users who discovered bugs earned a total of $29,500 in rewards. (Google’s reward for finding these bugs start at $500 but are typically $1,000 or more.)

This is good news for Google Chrome users. First launched in September 2008, the browser has grown to become one of the most popular in the world. Tracking website StatCounter Global Stats’s data shows that Google’s Internet browser is currently the most popular in both the United States and the world. Approximately 44 percent of Internet users worldwide in the sample used Google Chrome. In the American sample, about 33 percent of users used Google Chrome, securing the top spot from Internet Explorer.

The new update also includes autocomplete for passwords, even when Google Chrome users opt out of the feature. The post said it encourages users to use more secure passwords.

“As we’ve previously discussed, Chrome will now offer to remember and fill password fields in the presence of autocomplete=off. This gives more power to users in spirit of the priority of constituencies, and it encourages the use of the Chrome password manager so users can have more complex passwords. This change does not affect non-password fields,” according to the company’s blog post.

Technology news website Geek notes in its report about the Google Chrome update that the new autocomplete feature will allow users to store passwords for banking and credit card websites, which normally do not allow passwords to be saved. The post argues that allowing it may be safer because users can create a more complex, safer password over using a simpler, easier to-hack one that users will remember.

“If the prospect of Chrome storing your online banking passwords frightens you, you can always turn off the password manager and tell it not to sync them, either. But really, using a long, complicated password stored in Chrome is a lot less risky than using words from the dictionary or bits that can be pieced together from a Facebook profile,” Google said.

Banks and credit card websites restrict the saving of passwords by using the autocomplete=off feature that prevents most browsers from storing the information. Instead, the user would trust that their Google Chrome browser is secure by allowing it to store sensitive passwords.

The Next Web blog recently reported that the update also includes new apps and extensions, performance fixes, and allows user accounts to be imported into new computers. The user feature was first introduced as a beta feature in Google Chrome 32.

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