Tip: Use Google Chrome to create strong passwords for websites

25 September, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Sammy Rose
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Brave, the web browser created by Mozilla founder Brendan Eich and funded through an initial coin offering (ICO), is rapidly carving out a significant market share as entrenched giants like Google Chrome shred their privacy policies.

Felt also explains that the reason Google decided to make this change was to put an end to any confusion users may have had when trying to sign out of public or shared devices.

"Your sole warning - in the event that you're looking for it - is that your Google profile picture will appear in the upper-right hand corner of the browser window". Google's Adrienne Porter Felt clarified in a series of tweets that the user would need to perform two extra clicks in order to start uploading their data to the cloud. If you log into any Google service on that browser, it will automatically log Chrome into the corresponding Google account. While it is important to note that what frightened users the most - the slurping of browser history - won't start automatically, the problem is that even if a user has happily been using Chrome throughout its 10-year life while declining the offer to sign in, that option has silently been taken away. This change plays into that narrative, regardless of Google's "true motivations".

But if this is the moment that Google leverages its browser in an unseemly way, I'm not seeing it. Sync isn't enabled by default, meaning there's not much of a change for users from a practical privacy standpoint.

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"Due to Chrome's new user-unfriendly forced login policy - I won't be using it going forward", declared professor Green. So, why force users to sign in? This authorizes Chrome to ship your local browsing data to Google, enabling you to "sync" it across all your devices, which previously had required the user's opt-in consent. I think It's entirely possible for a company like Google to make good, usable open source software that doesn't massively violate user privacy. This is a dark pattern.

Now, with the revelations of this new auto-login mechanism, a large number of users are angry that this sneaky modification would allow Google to link that person's traffic to a specific browser and device with a higher degree of accuracy.

The issue here is that there's no simple fix. According to StatsCounter, Chrome holds almost 60 percent of the marketshare, so opinions are bound to be all over the place. The new version of the browser has brought a slew of new features and a redesigned UI, most of which had been thoroughly described in online materials supplied by Google - all but this one. There's certainly truth to both.

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