Google Chrome Web Browser Shines - Page 2

The address bar in Chrome works as both a search bar and a standard address bar. Typing in here will suggest both search results and URL addresses, and I found this to be a very good way to look for content and Web sites.

Rather than menus, Google Chrome has two icons displayed in the upper right of the browser. The tool icon launches a menu for tasks such as opening new tabs or windows, accessing the browser options, history and downloads, managing bookmarks, and clearing browser data.

The page icon lets users print pages, do a "find in page" and create application shortcuts. Application shortcuts are an implementation of the Google Gears technology for creating desktop applications out of Web apps. With this feature, users can take any Web application-for example, Gmail-and make it possible to have the application perform like a desktop application, complete with dedicated window and shortcuts on the desktop, in the start menu and in Windows Quick Launch.

Incognito mode is Google Chrome's implementation of private browsing, which lets users surf the Web without saving all the details and data of their search in history, password management, cache and other areas where browsers typically store information. Users can launch Incognito mode from the tool menu or right click on a link and choose to open it in Incognito mode.

Users can always tell if the window they are surfing in is in Incognito mode by the little Spy icon displayed in the upper left corner of the browser window. Also, whenever launching a new tab in Incognito mode, rather than displaying the frequently visited site thumbnails, the browser displays information on Incognito mode. I also liked that I could have some windows open in Incognito and some in standard mode.

Like most current-generation browsers, Chrome has security features in place to protect users against inadvertently going to malicious Web sites. A warning page displays whenever a user attempts to go to a Web site that has been identified as containing malware or being dangerous in some way.

Chrome can also display information on SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates and will warn a user if a site has a different domain name in the certificate. I also liked that I could just choose to pass to a site from this warning page rather than have to add the site to an exception list as Firefox requires.