Is Chrome More Secure Thanks to Adobe?
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For as long as there have been Web browsers, there have been debates about which browser is the most secure. In the modern world of Web based attacks, security isn't just about the Web browser, but also about the applications and plugins that a browser uses. That's where Google's Chrome differs from every other major browser vendor.
Chrome includes an integrated Adobe Flash Player. While other vendors including Microsoft IE, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari support Flash, it is not directly integrated.
Going a step further, Google has a silent updating mechanism that updates Chrome users to the latest version of the browser as well as the latest version of Flash Player. In some cases, Chrome users may get the Flash update as many as 12 hours ahead of the general availability from Adobe for other browsers.
"As we go through that testing, it might take many hours before we can test and verify on every single platform," Brad Arkin, senior director of Product Security and Privacy at Adobe told InternetNews.com. "But as soon as we finish the Chrome testing, we can push the binary to the Chrome guys, even though we have testing left to do for other browsers."