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Google Chrome 16 Gets Multi-User Sync

Google is expanding the use of its Chrome browser beyond just single user environments.

Google is now out with a new Chrome 16 stable release that includes a new user profile capability as well as providing security fixes to the browser. The new Chrome release caps off a solid year for Google's web browser, as it continues to gain ground in the competitive browser market against rivals Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

The new user profiles feature in Chrome 16 enables multiple users to sync their browser data and preferences across multiple devices.

"Keep in mind that adding new users to Chrome isn’t intended to secure your data against other people using your computer, since it just takes a few clicks to switch between users," Tim Steel, Software Engineer at Google wrote in a blog post. "We’re providing this functionality as a quick and simple user interface convenience for people who are already sharing Chrome on the same computer today."

While the new profile syncing capabilities are not about security, there are a lot of other things that Google has done to improve security in Chrome 16. Google is patching at least 15 security vulnerabilities in the new browser. Of those, six vulnerabilities are rated as being high risk.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Google Updates Chrome for Profiles and Security

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.