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Chrome eavesdropping tool? I thought it was true before.


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#1 rock278

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:37 AM

Sorry for my sudden disappearance. But just a quick one.

 

Recently when I messed up and searched for 'google' in Google, the latest news was a bunch of, well, suspections about Chrome.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=google+eavesdropping&rlz=1C1CHUH_enGB599GB599&oq=google+eavesdropping&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4838j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8#q=google+eavesdropping&tbm=nws

 

Anyway, after reading some articles I'm starting to think this is true. I hope it isn't, but weird things has happened such as camera sometimes on and trying to access Firefox passwords.

I am not forcing you, you don't have to, but I feel extremely insecure with Chrome right now. I'm not a professional at all, but yet again. Its my opinion. And as that, I am getting rid of all instance of Chrome.

 

I just wanted to notify you all :]

 

 



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:33 PM

So far it just looks like another "he said, she said" so the truth will probably be hard to get from all that.

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 04:49 AM

This was brought up in another thread the other day. Any user would have had to opt into Hotword to activate whatever it is. It was part of an extension for Chromium. It had been there for a long time and most users would not know enough to opt in. According to this new article, Google has removed the extension because of the negative publicity.

 

 

 

http://www.itproportal.com/2015/06/26/google-removes-eavesdropping-extension-chromium/


Edited by frankp316, 27 June 2015 - 04:50 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2015 - 10:03 AM

Google has removed an extension from its open source browser Chromium after people complained that it had been downloaded without permission and then listened to users through their microphones.


But Google isn't behind Chromium?

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 11:36 AM

Sort of. Chromium is open source and Google uses some elements of Chromium on the Chrome browser. That's why the concerns about eavesdropping were overblown and were mainly used as clickbait by some websites to alarm average users unnecessarily. If anyone actually read the Guardian article as I did, they would see that it wasn't relevant to most users. It's good that Google got rid of the extension anyway. They don't need the negative PR.



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Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:31 AM

I trust Google about as much as I trust the government.
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Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:36 AM

I trust Google about as much as I trust the government.

"Which" government?  ;)


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Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:45 AM

Pretty much every government have their secrets, conspiracies and such too.

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 07:45 AM

Google is in bed with U.S. government
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