Google's Chrome browser had its worst month on record in January, thanks to being demoted in Google's own search results for breaking Google's own online marketing rules. Today, the Chrome team has something to celebrate, though: Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, or BSI) just announced that it is recommending Chrome as the safest browser on the market right now, especially thanks to its sandboxing and auto-update features.
The BSI is making this recommendation ahead of Europe's "Safer Internet Day" on February 7th.
In addition to Chrome, which is the only browser the agency recommends, the BSI also recommends a number of other security products, including Microsoft's own anti-virus software Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira Free Antivirus and avast! Free Antivirus. The BSI also recommends the use of OpenDNS Family Shield to keeps kids safe online and TrueCrypt for encrypting your data.
The agency also recommends Gmail, as it offers encrypted access to your email, even in the free version.