Google has released its next version of the popular Toolbar for Firefox. This is Google Toolbar 2 and has some new features that are important to many users. One of the most important features (in my opinion) is the addition of the Google Safe Browsing Extension right into this new toolbar. The Google Safe Browsing protects users from phishing sites (sites that pretend to be someone, like PayPal, in order to gain access to your account).
Of course, they didn’t stop there. They also threw in search features and now when you start to type a search it will show you some popular results (even spelling corrections)!
Google Toolbar 2 will also manage your RSS subscriptions. To make it easy they designed it so that the toolbar will automatically recognize when a feed is on the page you are viewing, and will then let you subscribe to the feed if you so choose to. This was an inevitable addition because RSS feeds are redesigning the way the world receives news, and it needs to be simple for users to subscribe to the news.
If you have the GMail Notifier installed just so that you can use GMail as your default client then you no longer need the Notifier. There is now a feature in the toolbar to let users set GMail as their default email client instead of having the pesky Outlook Express pop-up every time you want to send a quick email.
Lastly, you can now choose how you want to view the Google Toolbar in Firefox. You can have it display the complete toolbar as it normally has in the past or you can have it replace the compact Google search box located in the upper-right corner of Firefox. This is great for those users who try to make everything as compact as they can to increase their screen space.