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Google Chrome 10 adds password syncing

Share your passwords between all of your computers

One of the best things about Chrome is the fact that it can synchronise bookmarks and settings between multiple computers and operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux).

With the launch of Google Chrome 10, the browser can even synchronise stored passwords. It should mean that you’re never in the situation where you’ve reinstalled your computer and have to desperately try and remember all of your passwords.

For security, you can either encrypt the sync information with your Google account, or you can click the Encryption Tab and set up a separate password to use.

Google Chrome 10 passwords

Google has also overhauled the Settings pages, turning them from a pop-up dialog box into a web page. As well as fitting on a netbook screen, the new pages also have permalinks, so you can bookmark them.

Google Chrome 10 preferences

To aid people find a setting, the integrated search facility means you can quickly jump to the page that you want to change without any hunting through the interface.

Apps can now be reorganised from the New Tab page, letting you place your favourite ones first.

Google has also improved the underlying code to boost performance. This includes a faster JavaScript Engine, hardware acceleration for web videos that you can test on the YouTube HTML5 site and FlashPlayer 10.2 built-in.

To update to the latest version of Chrome, click About Chrome and select Update. You can read about all of the new features on the Google Operating System blog.

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