Software

CyberGent101 TechSplanation – 64 Bit Google Chrome

This is a first in a series called TechSplanations that will be geared to different security solutions for your computer use. Today’s featured software is the 64-bit version of Google Chrome. Chrome has grown pretty popular among users that browse the internet on a daily basis. Chrome is lightweight, speedy and easy on the eyes. I like the fact that the address bar doubles up as google search, it speeds up my research process.

Why get the 64-Bit version of Chrome?

  • For Speed: 64-bit processors are faster than their comparable 32-bit versions. Performance tests have been ran by Google in which they saw average of 25% improvement in performance, especially in visual elements.
  • Better Security: For example, the 64-bit version of Chrome utilizes Windows 8 features to help make it harder for hackers to target processes running on your computer. If they can’t find the processes needed to exploit, they can’t hack it.
  • Stability: Google reports that Chrome 64-bit crashes only half as much as the 32-bit Chrome. A fairly impressive stat since google chrome already has a very low crash rate.

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64-bit Chrome is more secure than its 32-bit counterpart. For instance with the 64- bit version, Google Chrome is more effective at defending against vulnerabilities that rely on changing the memory layout of objects. One example is a more stable version of Adobe Flash. The flash in this case is 64-bit based as well. Google teamed up with Adobe to improve Flash’s protections against various types of attacks/ vulnerabilities. Another key security feature in the 64-bit version is that it can run alongside a technique called High Entropy ASLR. (aka the toughest game of match ever) This technique is used to prevent exploits by placing key data areas of a program into random parts of the computer’s memory so attackers can never know exactly where to find it. Stealthy and high tech exploit avoidance if you ask me.

Where can I download 64-bit Chrome?

You can visit the Chrome for Windows page to download it. You should see a page similar to the image below. Click on “Download Chrome” and install it like a typical download file.

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Mac and Linux users, you’re covered too.With the Mac OS X, Chrome was converted to 64-bit with Chrome update 39 in 2014. In a recent report Linux  is supposed to convert to to the 64-bit version of Chrome sometime this month. If you still have the 32-bit version installed on your Linux machine, you can visit the Google Chrome download page and install the 64-bit version now. Again if you are looking for speed, stability and enhanced security, consider using the 64-bit version of Google Chrome for your operating system of choice.

Featured software for PC protection – January 23

Malwarebytes anti-malware (Free version)

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is by far one of my favorite anti-malware programs. I use malwarebytes as a backup to my Anti-Virus program, in case my AV program misses a threat. The free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware contains two types of scans, Threat scan and custom scan. The Threat scan, scans all of the possible places malware is known to hide such as in the startup process, registry and other parts of the file system.

Malwarebytes Anti-malware

The Custom scan gives you the option to choose what files and folders you want to scan.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware custom scan

For example on one of my computers (yes I have several) I have omitted a folder containing viruses (used for testing) and another folder containing investigative tools. Had I not done so, malwarebytes or my Anti-Virus program would have deleted my testing / tool files.

I recommend downloading Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/) and running it at least weekly in order to further protect your computer.

If you have a Mac you can download the Mac version here (https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/mac/)