Google Chrome has become surveillance software.

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  • #20140

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    Review: Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.

    Yeah, the article is not related to HD, or Weapons, but it was the closest fit.

  • #20148

    Littlesister
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    I stopped using google chrome over 2 years ago. I now use duck, duck, go. But I am finding that I have to check my search engine every so often as it seems chrome has a way of showing up again. Computer just had an update this morning so will be checking things out again.

  • #20165

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    LittleSis,
    What Operating System are you running?

  • #20170

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Crowbar, I have a Toshiba Windows system.  I removed Google as my search engine and put in Duck, Duck go. It does not follow you nor does it keep any of your info like google does. I also have an ad blocker. Both work well on my system. I have just bought an apple computer but have not got it fully set up yet. I will be putting duck duck go on that as well and removing google from it also.I do not use chrome at all as it is removed.

  • #20172

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    FYI, some of Chromes “hooks” uses Windows to reinstall, shadow install, track you.
    I too run Duck, Duck, Go. Much better! 🙂

  • #20204

    Dan the Old Guy
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    Duck Duck Go does not have its own internet backbone, so it has to piggyback on the big boys like Verizon and ATT and the big server farms that are connected by the fiber guys.  This means your traffic goes over the same wires as Google, and anyone can read it.  When I was in the Army, I reported to the NSA, I was a signals intelligence analyst, back in the days when radios were still used.  The same techniques we used then are used on cellphone and internet traffic now, it is just easier because, with radio, everything is distributed, but with internet traffic, everything goes through the same corridors of fiber and they are easily monitored.  That is why they have all those big computers at Fort Meade and why they are building that big data farm in Utah.

    There is no “safety” on the internet.  If they want to see what you are doing, there are several ways that they can and there is nothing you can do.  If you want to make it harder for them to see what you are doing, you might get a VPN and encrypted email like protonmail over in Switzerland offers.  I think I pay about $10 a month for VPN and email.  If you combine this with the dark web and pgp, you will probably draw the NSA’s notice, but you will be too small a fish for them to worry about, they are more likely to put you on a watchlist and if something dings, break in and put a keystroke recorder on your keyboard or infect your computer with a reporting virus.

    Everyone these days hates the government, hates big tech, hates the globalists bankers, etc.  If this is all you have, don’t sweat it.  If you are doing something shady, best to stay low tech or better yet, just don’t.

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