Google has quietly released a new beta of its Chrome browser. Version 0.3.154.9 fixes a number of security bugs, including a pop-up spoofing vulnerability, in addition to improving the performance and reliability of plug-ins such as those used to view PDFs, Flash, and other rich media.

The company has also changed the behavior of file downloading to help protect users from malware and eliminated the storage of data from secure sites. The updated Chrome also saw some minor interface changes designed to make using the incognito mode more intuitive. Moreover, the spell checker now works on text input fields and allows users to add words to the spell check dictionary.

All in all, this is primarily a bugfix release, but demonstrates Google's commitment to continuing the development of Chrome, which was received with great interest online but has faded in usage recently. Users can get the latest version here or simply by clicking the update button in the “About” window of Chrome.