In 2011, on the official CSS 2.1 test suite by standardization organization W3C, Web Kit, the Chrome rendering engine, passes 89.75% (89.38% out of 99.59% covered) CSS 2.1 tests.Chrome periodically retrieves updates of two blacklists (one for phishing and one for malware), and warns users when they attempt to visit a site flagged as potentially harmful.Since 2008, Chrome has been faulted for not including a master password to prevent casual access to a user's passwords.Chrome developers have indicated that a master password does not provide real security against determined hackers and have refused to implement one.This service is also made available for use by others via a free public API called "Google Safe Browsing API".Using the principle of least privilege, each tab process cannot interact with critical memory functions (e.g.He stated that "at the time, Google was a small company," and he did not want to go through "bruising browser wars." After co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired several Mozilla Firefox developers and built a demonstration of Chrome, Schmidt admitted that "It was so good that it essentially forced me to change my mind." Rumors of Google building a web browser first appeared in September 2004. It also came shortly after the final 1.0 release of Mozilla Firefox, which was surging in popularity and taking market share from Internet Explorer, which was suffering from major security problems.drew attention to a passage in the Terms of Service statement for the initial beta release, which seemed to grant to Google a license to all content transferred via the Chrome browser.
In 2016, Google announced that it was planning to phase out Flash Player in Chrome, starting in version 53.
Google Chrome features a minimalistic user interface, with its user-interface principles later being implemented into other browsers.