New Google Chrome Feature Raises Privacy Concerns

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Google’s latest version of its Chrome browser can now juggle multiple user profiles, but the update does raise some privacy concerns.

Chrome version 16 allows the same browser to host multiple accounts, tailoring book marks, history, web-apps and add-ons to each individual, according to TechRadar.

Switching from one account to another is achieved by pressing an in-browser tab. The new feature is intended for households that feature a shared computer, or for users who want their browser setup from any computer equipped with a Chrome browser.

Since it’s simple to alternate from one account to another, Google has made it clear the new browser isn’t ideal at securing user data.

“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,” said Google on its official blog.

“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.

“To truly protect your data from being seen by others, please use the built-in user accounts on your operating system of choice.”

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