May 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM ET
Google released the newest version of its popular Chrome Web browser Tuesday, fixing 18 security glitches and adding a convenient new feature for its customers.
Google classified seven of the vulnerabilities fixed in Chrome version 19.0.1084.46 as high-risk flaws, meaning they could be exploited to take control of infected systems. Chrome users can update to version 19 by clicking the wrench icon in the top right corner of the browser and selecting "About Google Chrome"; if your browser hasn't automatically updated itself, it will prompt you.
But security bugs aren't the only issues Google took on with this latest version of Chrome. The updated browser also enables signed-in users to sync all their open tabs across all their devices, from laptops to Android smartphones, simply by selecting the "other devices" menu on the "New Tab" page.
As Google explained it: "Say you've found an awesome recipe on your work computer while … ahem … working hard at the office. But when you get back home, you can't quite remember if it was two teaspoons of baking soda or two teaspoons of baking powder. Wouldn't it be cool if you could pull up the same recipe on your home computer with one click? With today's stable release of Chrome, you can."
Chrome users can also sync all their bookmarks, apps, extensions, histories, themes and other settings, ensuring they have the same customized browser experience no matter which device they're using.
While Chrome 19 is currently out, Google said the tab sync feature would be rolled out "more gradually over the coming weeks."
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