At the beginning of 2017, the majority of internet users worldwide use Google Chrome browser as their search engine.

With its powerful reputation, Chrome enjoys popularity with both desktop and smartphone users.

The Google Chrome browser allows users to synchronize their settings, bookmarks and history across all devices via a Google account.

What is the Google Chrome browser?

Google Chrome is a FREE web browser and was first launched in 2008 for Microsoft Windows users.

The Google Chrome browser first made its appearance after the launch of the Mozilla Firefox search engine which had taken the internet world by storm, bruising Internet Explorer’s popularity as a more secure site.

By November 2011, Chrome had overtaken Firefox as a worldwide browser and by 2016 had 62% market share, followed by Firefox with 16%. Internet Explorer usage had dropped to a mere 12%.

Google Chrome Browser

Google headquarters in Mountain View,   California and an interior view of the impressive building.

 

Google Chrome Browser

By February 2012, Google launched its Beta version for Androids. The Google Chrome browser was also pre-installed as the default browser on later Android versions.

To begin using the browser, you will firstly have to set up Chrome.

Sign In to the Google Chrome Browser

Go to https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/signin.html and hit the download button at the top of the page.

This feature will automatically download Chrome onto your computer or mobile device. Simply follow the easy to understand instructions.

Once you have downloaded the browser, you will be able to customize your browser with apps, extensions and themes by visiting the Chrome web store.

Google Chrome Browser

Discover what you are searching for by entering a keyword in the search box or browse through categories and collections to find something new.

Once you have signed in, you can gain access to your apps from any number of computers. You will no longer have to reload software or recall software keys on your devices.

How to sign in to Google Chrome browser

  1. In the top right corner of the page click on the button with your name or People.
  2. You can customize your sync settings by clicking More Settings, Advanced sync settings.
  3. You can then select what information you choose to share across other devices.

How do I retrieve my login details

  1. Sign into your account.
  2. Under the “Sign-in & Security” tab, select Signing into Google.
  3. Choose a password. If you see a prompt to sign in again, then you should do so.
  4. Enter your new password and select Change Password.
  5. If you still have difficulties, visit: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/41078?hl=en

Why you have to sign up

Here are just some examples of why you should sign up for Google Chrome browser:

  1. When you sign into Chrome, all your bookmarks, settings and history is available on all your devices.
  2. All updates on one device are instantly updated everywhere else, safeguarding your Chrome material should anything happen to your computer.
  3. It is your web, and Chrome enables you to take it with you.
  4. Chrome includes bookmarks as a sub-menu. This lists your bookmarks and gives you easy access to the Bookmark Manager which allows users to toggle the bookmarks bar on or off.
  5. It allows you to make desktop shortcuts that will open applications in the browser.
  6. Chrome can translate your web browsing into 52 languages. You will be asked if you would like a page translated if content is displayed in a foreign language.

Privacy

Chrome offers a private browsing known as Incognito mode.

This prevents the browser from permanently storing any cookies or history information from websites you visit.

What you get

A process management feature – Task Manager – provides users tools to stop memory and byte-gobbling sites and plug-ins.

Google’s malware blocking system to protect download scanning was introduced with its Chrome 17 version.

Since 2010 the Chrome Web Store has enabled users to install web applications as extensions to their browsers.

Most of these extensions function as simple links to popular web pages and games, but some apps provide additional features such as offline access.

Countries

Google Chrome is part of the worldwide web, but to comply with United States of America economic sanctions and export controls, it does not allow downloads in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

Mobile, Android, iPhone and smartphone

A beta version for Android 4.0 devices was first launched in February 2012.

It could be synchronized with desktop Chrome and provided the same bookmarks and views of the same browser tabs.

Later in 2012 Chrome was released on Apple‘s mobile iOS operating system.

It supports iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. These devices must have iOS 9.0 or greater installed.

Security and privacy issues

Chrome flags potentially harmful sites and has blacklists for phishing and malware.

This service is free to use via the Google Sale Browsing site.

Chrome has been criticized for not preventing access to its users’ passwords.

The company says a master password cannot provide security against hackers, but as of 2014, its Windows version requests users to enter their account password before it displays their saved passwords.

Since 2016, however, Chrome has encouraged users to avoid using non-secure websites – those sites that do not begin with HTTPS.

Adobe Flash Player made Chrome vulnerable to attack, and in 2016 the company announced that this feature would be phased out.

Cool stuff to do

At the touch of a button, Chrome bridges the gap between desktop and “cloud computing.”

It allows you to create a desktop, Start menu, or QuickLaunch shortcut to any website or application.

How does Google Chrome make money?

Google makes money from advertisers.

However, instead of paying search royalties to other browsers, the money is transferred to the Chrome part of Google.

In other words, Chrome generates money by saving Google royalty expenses.

Take-aways about Google Chrome

Go to Google Maps and click on the satellite view. Zoom out as much as possible to see an amazing view of Earth in real time. If you zoom in twice, you can see real time clouds.

 

Google’s pet T-rex, called Stan, lives at the California headquarters and serves to remind employees not to allow Google to become extinct.

Also at Google HQ are goats rented from California Grazing. Their job is to mow the lawns and fields.

Keep your Google Chrome browser login details safe

  • Never choose the same password for your online accounts. It’s like giving a criminal the keys to your home, vehicle and office.
  • It is not a bad idea to write down your passwords, but if you do so keep your notes hidden from prying eyes.
  • The more complicated the password, then the harder it becomes to hack. Adding mixed-case letters, numbers and symbols make it even more difficult for snoops to guess or crack your password.
  • You will need a way to get back into your account if you forget your password or get locked out. Most services will send an email to your recovery email address if you need to reset your password, so always keep your email address updated.
  • One of the most simple and reliable methods to safeguard your account is to add a mobile phone number to your profile. You will then receive a text message with a code which you will have to type in to retrieve your account details.