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Posted 16 August 2010 - 03:37 PM

"Chrome is spyware. The browser itself is designed to spy on you and report everything you do and every URL you visit to google. What more needs to be said. It's not even a browser so much as a data mining tool with a browser built in."

What do you guys think? Do you think this is true?
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:55 PM

View Postredcandle, on 16 August 2010 - 03:37 PM, said:

<br />&quot;Chrome is spyware. The browser itself is designed to spy on you and report everything you do and every URL you visit to google. What more needs to be said. It's not even a browser so much as a data mining tool with a browser built in.&quot;<br /><br />What do you guys think? Do you think this is true?<br />
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Hey RedCandle !!

Well, you could use the INPrivate Mode ! OR you can go to the Config page
and tell Google to NOT save anything for future use.

OR you could simply use Firefox.



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Posted 17 August 2010 - 03:19 AM

In private browsing only makes it so nothing is saved on your computer that's it. It will not protect you from anything. Your ISP and google can still track you and know what you are doing. You can opt out buy going here https://chrome.googl...fodhfapmkghcbnh but I still would not use chrome anyway.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:29 PM

Sure its spyware, google is part of the NSA.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 01:16 PM

View Postsnorg, on 17 August 2010 - 12:29 PM, said:

&lt;br /&gt;Sure its spyware, google is part of the NSA.&lt;br /&gt;
&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /><br /><br />The NSA doesn't need Google, they have enough secret doors in to things of their own and Google couldn't even come close to the tools they have at their disposal. Don't matter, I don't use Google for anything. I am 100% Googleless.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 10:01 AM

It's funny how you say the word "Google" and the conspiracy theorist wackos come crawling out of the woodwork...

The simple fact is that Google can't know anything you don't tell them. If you don't have anything to hide, don't worry about it. I personally don't use Chrome, but not because I believe federal agents will come knocking on my door if I do, I don't use it because I don't like it. I much prefer Firefox. Use what you like, and if there's anything you don't want out there, don't put it out there!
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 11:29 AM

View Postcoastie65, on 17 August 2010 - 01:16 PM, said:

View Postsnorg, on 17 August 2010 - 12:29 PM, said:

&lt;br /&gt;Sure its spyware, google is part of the NSA.&lt;br /&gt;
&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /><br /><br />The NSA doesn't need Google, they have enough secret doors in to things of their own and Google couldn't even come close to the tools they have at their disposal. Don't matter, I don't use Google for anything. I am 100% Googleless.

You don't watch youtube videos or go on youtube at all? Google owns youtube.
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:24 PM

Hey ST !!

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It's funny how you say the word "Google" and the conspiracy theorist wackos come crawling out of the woodwork.


Are you saying that everyone who posted a reply in this thread are "conspiracy theorist and wackos" ??



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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:25 PM

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 07:34 PM

View PostFlashorn, on 18 August 2010 - 04:24 PM, said:

Hey ST !!

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It's funny how you say the word "Google" and the conspiracy theorist wackos come crawling out of the woodwork.
Are you saying that everyone who posted a reply in this thread are "conspiracy theorist and wackos" ??FLASHORN.


No, I'm saying that every time a topic about Google gets posted, inevitably a few people will go crazy about it as if Google (or anyone else on the internet, for that matter) has any interest whatsoever in their personal lives. I've had some lively debates on these forums with conspiracy theorists about Google and how "creepy" it is.
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  Posted 18 August 2010 - 08:50 PM

Hey ST !!

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No, I'm saying that every time a topic about Google gets posted, inevitably a few people will go crazy about it as if Google (or anyone else on the internet, for that matter) has any interest whatsoever in their personal lives. I've had some lively debates on these forums with conspiracy theorists about Google and how "creepy" it is.


I was just pulling your leg LOL! Guess you pulled back.



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Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:09 AM

Hey RedCandle !!

You think Google is the Bad guy, read this an maybe you'll have a change of heart :

http://windowssecret...rprises/#story1



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Posted 19 August 2010 - 04:55 PM

View Postredcandle, on 16 August 2010 - 03:37 PM, said:

"Chrome is spyware. The browser itself is designed to spy on you and report everything you do and every URL you visit to google. What more needs to be said. It's not even a browser so much as a data mining tool with a browser built in."

What do you guys think? Do you think this is true?


I don't worry too much. I don't give Google any of my private information, except for what's required when you sign up for a Gmail account. Still.... If you don't have anything to share, don't worry about it, and I don't have anything to share.

I think it's Google's right to "spy" in the term that you use. You're using a product created by them... so they have every right to make that product do what they wish, and they choose what it collects, from its users, etc.


Let it pass through one ear and out the other. Really- does it matter this much to you? Use the browser and forget about worrying.
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Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:00 PM

Just read the terms of use and nothing pops out as "unordinary."
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:18 PM

The real concern is not what will Eric Schmidt or the NSA/FBI think of people surfing porn (or something illegal.) What really is concerning is how the information that Google (or, for that matter, any company) takes from you and uses it for advertisement purposes. This includes exposing your browsing information to third parties that may or may not be reliable or trustworthy.

You could say "Well, EVERY site does that, right?" True, many sites use Google Analytics and tracking cookies to "better advertise towards the consumer". But just because everyone is exposed, doesn't make it right.

You could also say "There's not much I can do, right?", since we are powerless to "Big Brother". Right?

I don't think so.

To get back to the original question, I think Chrome is a new breed of malware: ad-spyware. That's why I use SRWare Iron instead (if I have to. I prefer to use Firefox) and use DuckDuckGo as my search engine. I don't download illegal software or porn, but I still would prefer Google or any random ad agency to not know who and where I am.

Anyway, it's too bad Google has become an elitist company, unlike it's early search engine days. :(

EDIT: Oh, and I think that this article kinda sums it up. :)

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:04 AM

View PostKingOfGeeks, on 20 August 2010 - 09:18 PM, said:

The real concern is not what will Eric Schmidt or the NSA/FBI think of people surfing porn (or something illegal.) What really is concerning is how the information that Google (or, for that matter, any company) takes from you and uses it for advertisement purposes. This includes exposing your browsing information to third parties that may or may not be reliable or trustworthy.

You could say "Well, EVERY site does that, right?" True, many sites use Google Analytics and tracking cookies to "better advertise towards the consumer". But just because everyone is exposed, doesn't make it right.

You could also say "There's not much I can do, right?", since we are powerless to "Big Brother". Right?

I don't think so.

To get back to the original question, I think Chrome is a new breed of malware: ad-spyware. That's why I use SRWare Iron instead (if I have to. I prefer to use Firefox) and use DuckDuckGo as my search engine. I don't download illegal software or porn, but I still would prefer Google or any random ad agency to not know who and where I am.

Anyway, it's too bad Google has become an elitist company, unlike it's early search engine days. :(

EDIT: Oh, and I think that this article kinda sums it up. :)



Thanks for duckduckgo I just tried it and it's pretty good. I do use firefox thou and used to get ad tracking cookies and flash tracking cookies but I changed my setting and don't get them anymore.
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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:19 PM

http://www.favbrowse...ware-confirmed/
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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:03 PM

View Postredcandle, on 22 August 2010 - 07:19 PM, said:




Hey Redcandle !!

That article is two years old. Allot of change have taken place since then when, people started to cry out
about their privacy concerns. Now, not so much. I certainly wouldn't worry too much about it.

You think that your browser (ie. Firefox, IE Opera ...) can take care of ALL the cookies on your PC (yes, PC)??

Think again, Flash Cookies are what's called LSOs or SuperCookies and can only be taken care of by
Some cleaners (CCleaner will only delete most but not all) You want to clean out those SuperCookies,
download and run (.exe, no install) FlashCookiesCleaner :

Download here.

Read this thread from LunarSoft :

http://forums.lunars...ookies-cleaner/



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Posted 25 September 2010 - 10:55 PM

Yes.

Google Chrome is spyware but more of like surveying software... This falls into the lines of why google wants to host free Wifi, because if you use a google server, than they could track your information without you being able to sue them. ISPs have that ability to track what your offloading from the net.

Google does not, how you say: report anything you do--it collects data and figures/surveys it.

When you start up google chrome... it connects you to google, not the web. Anything you view goes threw google then to your computer

Using Chrome you get...
[Computer]>><<[google server]>><<<[Web]

Google has no security features... Google's active policy handler backends off of your Internet Options. Soooo, what ever your internet Options are set to... Google routines in the same policy-standard. If you want to see what I mean, go to your Internet Options turn off animations/webpage colors and you will see Googlechrome does not show images or colors.
Then you have [Powered by Google] things on websites... Really, what that is actually doing is giving google broadband width. So making google topology work faster, using excessive broadband from those servers who state[powered by google]

Funny isn't it....

Internet Explorer is actually faster then Google, if you use the Accelerators correctly. You can also make your Internet Explore more secure if you create a CSS style sheet for the browser. A CSS style sheet will offload a webpage with specific restrictions, that is implemented in the CSS style sheet.

Askdotcom was aggravated with the algorithms of google; because Google can standardize searches... Placing priority on specific brand names and labels, controlling what you see.

Microsoft calls Google too big; because, Google is a favorite, but no tech savy person really knows why google likes giving all this free stuff. Sure it is nice, but why do they collect every tid bit of data to users who log in? Then Google trys to make free Wifi to possibly exempt privacy rules so they could track users without any federal pending.

Google Chrome is strange and only company that i think should track my data, is my ISP.
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:21 AM

View Posttechie4fun, on 19 August 2010 - 04:55 PM, said:

View Postredcandle, on 16 August 2010 - 03:37 PM, said:

"Chrome is spyware. The browser itself is designed to spy on you and report everything you do and every URL you visit to google. What more needs to be said. It's not even a browser so much as a data mining tool with a browser built in."

What do you guys think? Do you think this is true?


I don't worry too much. I don't give Google any of my private information, except for what's required when you sign up for a Gmail account. Still.... If you don't have anything to share, don't worry about it, and I don't have anything to share.

I think it's Google's right to "spy" in the term that you use. You're using a product created by them... so they have every right to make that product do what they wish, and they choose what it collects, from its users, etc.


Let it pass through one ear and out the other. Really- does it matter this much to you? Use the browser and forget about worrying.


I tend to agree with techie, and I consider that true Spyware is something that is installed without my consent. When Chrome is installed it does ask for your consent on Usage Statistics (do we ever read the Terms of Service, or the Learn More info?), and even after it's installed you can disable that feature through Wrench icon/Options/Under the Hood. So unless I was doing something really nefarious, I wouldn't be worried about it.

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