Why is Google Chrome going to consume more RAM?

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers of today, and everything seems to indicate that it is also the most used all around the world. However, the Google browser has an attention to detail that have been the subject of criticism during the past few years, as is the high consumption of the memory RAM of your device.

And today, Google has mentioned that Chrome will consume more RAM memory to from version number 67, this as a measure of safety against Spectre and Meltdown, two of the failures more serious affecting most of the computers in the world at the beginning of the year.

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Despite the fact that Intel and other manufacturers have launched their security patches to reduce the vulnerability in their equipment caused by Spectre and Mealtdown, one of the news that most concerned users was that this would result in a reduction in the performance of our computers, and Google has confirmed this situation.

As mentioned in the company of Mountain View, Google Chrome will consume between 10 and 13% more of RAM due to the “strict isolation”, a safety feature that had already been announced previously, but now it is already being deployed around the world.

The strict isolation has the purpose to assign a process to each new part of a web page, this with his due share of memory. That is to say, if some attacker tries to use Spectre to get private information from the browser, the strict isolation allows the web site with malware can only see the process that has been assigned, and not all the others that are related to other web sites.

This represents an important advancement in the security and privacy of the user, however, the result is an increase in the consumption of RAM, which might not be so bad if we have a team with a good amount of memory, but users with any device is limited if they might have more of a headache for this option.

The strict isolation since it is enabled by default in version 67, but if you want to disable it (at your own risk), or validate if it is enabled, you must follow the following steps:

  • Open Chrome and in the address bar, type the word “chrome://flags”.

  • In the search bar on the top left put “Strict site isolation” and here you can mark as enabled or disabled this process.

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