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Old 11-22-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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I know numerous people who don't want to use Google Chrome because they think it tracks their information.
Doesn't it just use the persons stored cookies to optimize the browser?
Are these people just being arrogant?

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Hi,

Google has openly said that they keep track of peoples search data, and that scares some people. They think that if they can track their search data and can come up with peoples search patterns or habits that they can learn something about the person. I don't think that with the billions of searches that are done per day that one person is going to be singled out by google.

As for using the stored cookies to optimize the browser I don't know much about that. Are they being arrogant I won't say that I would just say that they are misinformed.

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apart from the above I think google home has more holes than internet explorer ever has
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Personally I find it a stark somewhat limited browsing screen without half the addons and settings of Firefox and I try it all the time and then disappointed uninstall it.
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If you're worried about being tracked by Chrome, install the Keep My Opt-Outs extension. Similar to a 'do not track' feature in recent versions of Firefox (Tools > Options > Privacy).

If you don't want persistent cookies to remain after you close down a browsing session, run Chrome using Incognito mode.

Turning off search history personalization - Accounts Help
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I know numerous people who don't want to use Google Chrome because they think it tracks their information.
Yes and they are correct!

Google should not be trusted... I have a GMAIL account but i do not use it,i dont trust them one ioda!!
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google do se your info and so do apple. I dont trust either
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One man's meat is another man's poison.
I think it's the most simple answer for your question.
Everyone knows that opera is the quickest browser in the world but how many people use it? And Chrome, too.
So, I'll be never amazed to see anyone is still using IE6 nowadays. LOL.
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Yes, i agree with your viewpoint, Kou Dou. I download the opera and Chrome, but i don't often use them. I most use the Firefox, it can install many addons, it's so convenient.
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google do se your info and so do apple. I dont trust either

What's wrong with Google and Apple storing your information?
Is it really a big deal that they know you went shopping for sweatshirts or a fishing boat etc.?
As long as they aren't stealing your bank account or social security number, what's the harm?
And now its completely unavoidable.

They can track you on your cell phone, everything you do on the internet is stored somewhere, you can restore everything off of a broken hard drive and everything inbetween.

If you don't want to be tracked, your best bet would be to live in a cave with no human contact whatsoever.
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What's wrong with Google and Apple storing your information?
Is it really a big deal that they know you went shopping for sweatshirts or a fishing boat etc.?
As long as they aren't stealing your bank account or social security number, what's the harm?
And now its completely unavoidable.

They can track you on your cell phone, everything you do on the internet is stored somewhere, you can restore everything off of a broken hard drive and everything inbetween.

If you don't want to be tracked, your best bet would be to live in a cave with no human contact whatsoever.
you know when you get spam mail and offers for products or services similar to ones you have used with apple or google? Thats because they have sold your information on to other companies.

I want services that I ask for not being bombarded with crap. Its the same with banks, you take out a loan with a bank then they sell your details on then you get bombarded with mail through the post offering you loans and finance. I dont want this.

The apple Iphone has a tracker, apple will say things like "its so you can track your kids so they dont get kidnapped" what they really means is Its so we know where you shop and what you do so we can sell your details on so our friends can get you to buy stuff from them and we will take a cut of the profits. I dont want this either.

But like you say its basically unavoidable but I try to limit my info going out as much as possible.

The reason I dont use google chrome is because I think its crap and full of holes. I do have an ipod but would never ever have an iphone
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It's just too *simple* for me...apart from other things. :P
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As much as I agree with greenbrucelee on tracking and being flooded with obnoxious spam, I find the browser primitive compared to others. It doesn't have the range of addons that Firefox does, isn't as well protected and I fail to see why folks feel it is faster than Firefox as I cannot find that to be true. I just find it to be the most "spartan" of all the options and dislike ever single interface they have had.
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Chrome sucks plain and simple. Ken Dou, I'd be surprised to if anyone was using IE6 considering Xp is up to IE8 and Windows 7 IE9.
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I'm not sure where people are getting the opinion that Google Chrome is a less secure browser. Ironically enough, if you Google "most secure browser", what do you find? But look up on any search engine what the most secure browser is and I think they will most likely point to Chrome. It seems to be the way it works through sandboxing that does it. The only way around it after that is plugins, which is something all browsers share.

I use Google Chrome myself, and I have found it a very sleek browser. It has helped me do things so much more quickly, and the omni-box is like a God send compared to those of other browsers.

As for privacy... well read this for starters. You can also opt in to sync information using your google account, great for if you are using two or more browsers while wanting to keep things like bookmarks and other information consistent. Also, they automatically collect crash reports, which you can opt out of.
In the end, lots of information systems on devices are collecting information about you. My only hope that the information is not personally identifiable, isn't using for financial or other gain, and in mass amounts is used for aggregate information gathering (meaning that they provide a big picture, and don't pick you out).
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I find the browser primitive compared to others
This is also another reason I dont like it. Now I could be a bit evil here but I seem to remember netscape navigator being way more advanced that chrome
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Yes, i agree with your viewpoint, Kou Dou. I download the opera and Chrome, but i don't often use them. I most use the Firefox, it can install many addons, it's so convenient.
Ok. Of course Firefox is excellent but have you ever find that it's comparatively slow?
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Chrome sucks plain and simple. Ken Dou, I'd be surprised to if anyone was using IE6 considering Xp is up to IE8 and Windows 7 IE9.
You'll think so cuz you have never been China, right?
Most of us prefer an old thing to a better one.
And BTW, my name is Kou, not Ken. Thanks.
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Can you even use IE6 anymore?
I installed XP yesterday and it came with IE6 and every webpage I went to said I needed to upgrade my browser.
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You'll think so cuz you have never been China, right?
Most of us prefer an old thing to a better one.
And BTW, my name is Kou, not Ken. Thanks.
Sorry for the Ken, it was a typo. So by your logic if you had a choice between two free cars, one a 2010 and the other a 2000 you'd pick the 2000 model.

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