Chrome 16 brings support for syncing multiple accounts
Google has released version 16 of the Chrome web browser, the company's own extended version of the open source Chromium browser. The stable channel update, labelled version 16.0.912.63, brings several changes to the WebKit-based browser, including enhancements that expand its sync capabilities.
Chrome 16 now allows additional users to sign into a shared computer and access their own data, such as bookmarks, apps and extensions. The new option can be found under Options (Preferences on Mac) ➤ Personal Stuff ➤ Add new user. Once a new user has been added, a 'fresh instance' of the browser will open with all of that user's synchronised data. The Chrome team notes, however, that "adding new users to Chrome isn’t intended to secure your data against other people using your computer". A clickable label in a top corner will show which account is currently in use and clicking on the label enables users to switch between accounts.
As part of its Chromium Security Rewards programme, Google paid security researchers a total of $6,000 for discovering and reporting the holes. As usual, further details of the vulnerabilities are being withheld until "a majority of users are up-to-date with the fix".
Further information about the stable channel release can be found in a post on the Google Chrome Releases blog. Chrome 16.0.912.63 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from google.com/chrome; users who currently have Chrome installed can use the built-in update function.
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