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Chrome Is Turning The Surveillance Software – Time To Switch

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Cybersecurity remains a major concern for all internet users. Experts have been using a multitude of technologies to prevent unauthorized access and further guarantee privacy of data over networks. According to Forbes, it is expected that the global market of cybersecurity would rise up 170 billion by the end of 2020. Given the above, you would be convinced that your data is safe, right?

But this no less than a misconception you have been nurturing from past few years. Unaware of the fact that the much-trusted browser, Chrome itself acts as a surveillance software you have welcomed thousands of cookies and trackers to your website.

In a report by Geoffrey A. Fowler in The Washington Post | Updated: 24 June 2019 11:14 IST, Google Chrome clearly emerges as spyware.

Key Highlights

  • Automatic Google sign in when you login in Gmail.
  • Welcomes intruders even at protected websites.
  • Scans your location when you perform an Android search

Chrome, when used, brings along with itself plentitude of advertisers. Internet marketing no doubt is the future of digital India and giants like Google and Apple are staircasing the growth.  A recent report suggests that the US lawmakers have questioned both the tech giants to reveal if they are tracking user data and if yes, how are they using the same. While Google is giving false ideas of privacy and security to its users, it has become the biggest violator of user privacy.

Moved by this, a researcher decided on spying Google and peel off the layer below the so-called privacy protection. To perform the above, the researcher decided to switch Google chrome with the much more reliable browser, Mozilla Firefox. After using the latter for around a week, he received a total of 11,189 requests from cookies. Had he been using Chrome, these requests would have intruded in your system directly.

Now, this is what data agencies use to keep track of users interest and likewise draft profiles to target ads. Further, even for the sites that are privacy protected, Chrome mindfully extracts user data and update the data firms on the same.

To add to this, every time you use your chrome browser, it tracks all your activities so as to direct ads. Remember, that your photo or your name encircled at the right-hand corner of browser?

What about the incognito mode?  Does that really hide your history?  Or to be precise, prevent tracking?  True that you might be wondering how can Google use your data to trade and from the incognito mode, then don’t worry we have the solution for you. Google embeds itself in the process of passive tracking using users data to reach back to them.

Well, you might not have signed it purposely but the master of all is super smart. While you were signing in Gmail, it automatically shared the process with chrome. And the story does not end here. Google sneaks in your smart devices too. Whenever you perform a search operation on your Android device, it shares your current location. No wait, turning off your GPS won’t help. Google can still access your location.  How?

Well, that’s what Google is doing nowadays. Spying on you. There have been certain proof that Google spying on us, yet the letters sent to the heads of both the department would surely justify their functioning.

Mozilla Firefox VS Google Chrome

Of late, many users have been shifting to different browsers. And of all the available choices, Mozilla seems to be better. Now saying that Firefox is totally secured would be wrong as part of searches are directed to Google and there again the story of tracking begins. What makes it better is that Mozilla Firefox is not the part of data business and so does not send users data back to Mozilla.

Further, Google head seek privacy as an option as they strive to maintain a healthy web ecosystem. But the head of Firefox is totally against snooping. Also, he has launched a program of enhanced tracking protection to deter cookies from entering the network. Earlier there was a race between the Internet browser and the current day competitors.

Chrome proven to solve user issues overpowered all. But today as people are more inclined towards safety, they are rethinking on using Chrome as their default browser.

The battle is still on and who rises beyond that privacy zone would be restricted. No doubt, data has made life easier but spying and using data without user consent would cut down the trust users have and further compel them to make a shift.

I personally am of the view that chrome is by far the best browser but after this, I too need to reconsider my opinion. After all, who would want to share personal data globally?

What’s your opinion?? Let’s have a discussion in the comment box below, Chrome or Firefox??

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