Google promises 'the end of viruses' with Chrome operating system

This bold claim is made by Linus Upson, Google's engineering director, in the latest issue of New Scientist, one of Infosecurity's sister publications.

The operating system, said Upson, offers "a carefree antivirus nirvana," thanks to the fact Google has completed redesigned the underlying security architecture of the OS "so users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work."

The fact that the Chrome browser has been hit this week by two security flaws does not bode well for the operating system plans, Infosecurity notes.

Andrew Yeomans, a member of the management board for the Jericho Forum, believes that the Chrome operating system may offer a way forward for PC users who are fed up with viruses.

In a Check Point-sponsored webinar yesterday, he said that by using fine-grained cryptographic protection in the operating system - as Google has indicated will arrive in Chrome - the concept of protected data will really start to take off.

You can read Upson's feature in New Scientist here.

You can view the Check Point webinar here.


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