According to a report from Net Applications, an Internet analytics firm, Google Chrome has taken Apple Safari’s position as the world’s third most popular Web browser.
Despite being just over a year old, the Google web browser’s usage grew from 3.93 percent in November 2009 to 4.63 in December of the same year. Safari’s share of browser usage on the other hand, only increased by .10 percent; from 4.36 in November to 4.36 in December.
On the top three however, the names aren’t changing.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds the top spot with a market share of 62.69 percent in December. Let us take note however, that this number isn’t IE’s highest share. In fact, the numbers are slowly declining from a little less than 70 percent in February of 2009 then 63.62 in November of the same year.
Mozilla’s Firefox however, still can’t beat IE despite the latter’s decreasing share. Firefox holds 24.61 percent share in browser usage, securing its place as the second most popular browser.
Opera completes the top five browsers with a market share of 2.40 in December of 2009.
Net-security firm McAfee predicts that Microsoft will no longer be the primary target for hackers next year. Instead, these evil villains of the Web will turn their attention to Adobe.
Evidence of this is the already growing number of attacks targeted to the vulnerabilities in Acrobat Reader and Flash this year. And with the tricky update process that users need to go through, as well as the overall lack of awareness that their software need updating makes it even more easier for hackers and virus writers to prey on them.
Adobe however, isn’t the only one that’s in danger in 2010.
McAfee also predicts that attacks on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be stronger and will cause more damage in the coming year. Trojans and malwares will also gain power in 2010. The security firm predicts that banking Trojans may gain the ability to interrupt legit transactions as well as make unauthorized withdrawals without being detected.
Lastly, McAfee discusses in their report how HTML5 could give “cybercriminals new opportunities to write malware and prey on users”.
HTML5 holds all the promises that today’s web community seeks – primarily that of blurring and removing the lines between a web application and a desktop application. HTML5-based attacks will become even more tempting once the Google Chrome Operating System is released. (It’s scheduled for second half of 2010.)
Google Chrome OS is intended for use with netbooks, and HTML5 enables not only a rich Internet experience, but also offline applications. Another motivation for attackers is HTML5’s anticipated cross-platform support, which will allow attackers to eventually reach users of many mainstream browsers.
Although the new web technology is still in the development phase, some elements are already being used by Google Chrome which means there’s also trouble brewing up for the browser.
Another news from Google and this time, they’re not just staying on the web. Rumors have been going on about an operating system from the giant company and now it’s confirmed!
Google has announced last Tuesday night in its blog that there will be an operating system based on Google’s browser, Chrome soon, which was released to the public December 11 of last year.
This OS will be carried by lower-end PCs more known to the public as Netbooks and will be included in the second half of 2010. Manufacturers of Netbooks haven’t been revealed though. This open-source project will be run under the covers by Linux.
This move by Google shows how serious they are with their business. “Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small Netbooks to full-size desktop systems,” Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director has both said in the blog post.
Google’s browser is created with a “minimal design with sophisticated technology”, makes you curious about what the OS would look like eh?
Something tells me Microsoft will be making a run for its money soon now!