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Edited by White: 3/17/2013 8:11:04 AM

Why would anyone ever use Google and its services?

Given that this forum has a lot of Google and Chrome fanboys, I would figure that you all would find this to be informative. [quote]Google's motivation, in all that it does, is to index your data an sell you to advertisers. Advertisers are the customers, and you are the product. Android, Gmail, the search engine, Google Drive, Google+, and so on--they all exist solely to index people's data and serve them ads. 96% of Google's revenue comes from advertising. It is their core business. [url=]Screenwise Trends panel.[/url] [url=]Google announces privacy changes across products, users can't opt out.[/url] [url=]Google paying users to track 100% of their Web usage via little black box.[/url] [url=]Would You Give Up Your Internet Privacy to Google for $25?[/url] [url=]Google curbs Web map exposing phone locations.[/url] [url=]Researchers probe Google's geolocation database.[/url] [url=]Google's Web mapping can track your phone.[/url] [url=]Android location tracking.[/url] [url=]Google's Wi-Fi Database May Know Your Router's Physical Location.[/url] [url=]Google location tracking can invade privacy, hackers say.[/url] [url=]Google's Privacy Invasion: It's Your Fault.[/url] [url=]Google and CIA Invest in a Minority Report-Like Technology That May Make Our World a Less Certain Place.[/url] [url=]Google ranked 'worst' on privacy.[/url] [url=]Google Search+ is violating users' privacy.[/url] [url=]Criticism of Google.[/url] [url=]Don't track us.[/url] [url=]Don't bubble us.[/url] The incredible amount of information continuously leaked onto the Internet, and therefore accessible by Google, is of great use to penetration testers around the world. Johnny Long of Hackers for Charity started the Google Hacking Database (GHDB) to serve as a repository for search terms, called Google-Dorks, that expose sensitive information, vulnerabilities, passwords, and much more. Google: 'Google Drive's TOS:' (Cloud Storage) "You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours. When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content."' Google Chrome Tracking: Installation-ID: A copy of Google Chrome includes a generated installation number which will be sent to Google after the installation and the first usage. It gets deleted when Chrome checks first time for updates.If Chrome is received as part of a promotional campaign, it may generate a unique promotion number which is sent to Google on the first run and first use of Google Chrome. Suggest: Depending on the configuration, each time you put something in the address line,this information is sent to Google to provide suggestions. Alternate Error Pages: Depending on the configuration, if you have typed a false address in the adress bar, this is sent to Google and you get an error message from Google's servers. Error Reporting: Depending on the configuration, details about crashes or failures are sent Google's servers. RLZ-Tracking: This Chrome-function transmits information in encoded form to Google, for example, when and where Chrome has been downloaded. Google Updater: Chrome installs a updater, which loads at every Windows in background. URL-Tracker: Calls depending on the configuration five seconds after launch the Google homepage opens in background >a botnet is a collection of compromised computers connected to the internet (these are also known as 'bots'). when a computer becomes compromised, it becomes a part of a botnet. botnets are usually controlled via standards based network protocols such as irc and http. [quote] regular botnet: >user installs program that may have function >program sends data to the botnet in the background >often pops up ads and redirects requests >tracks user information and sends statistics to the c&c >can send commands like auto-updates[/quote] [quote]chrome: >user installs program that has a function (browsing) >chrome sends data to google in the background >has ads in the new tab page among other things >redirects requests at times based on mass user tracking >tracks user browsing behavior, all searches, etc, sends it to google (c&c) >can auto-update itself >ability to run in the background even if the browser is closed [/quote][/quote][url=]Relevant[/url] [url=]Pics.[/url] The opinion of Achronos on Chrome [url=][quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Achronos Chrome is garbage. Anyway, the OP is describing a problem with Windows Live ID, not a specific browser. The best solution for that kind of issue is to clear your cookies, restart your browser, and stop hitting "save password" when you sign into Windows Live ID.[quote][b]Posted by:[/b]The EAKLE My thoughts exactly. Chrome is the way to go. I have issues on Bungie with IE and Firefox.[quote][b]Posted by:[/b]Posted by: Meowth lol internet explorer [/quote][/quote][/quote][/url] [url=][quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Achronos I also maintain that Chrome is weaksauce, and IE9 is fast and works very well (I think it is much better than FF4, for example, with the exception of the Firebug addon). [/quote][/url] [url=][quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Achronos This is a bad plan.[quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Posted by: BOB570 Use Google Chrome. [/quote][/quote][/url] [url=][quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Achronos Lol, no. Not even close. Chrome is fairly easy to support because it is essentially Safari (both use WebKit as their renderer). Of course, Safari isn't spyware. I mean, it is your business if you want to use a browser that, in its first iteration before everyone noticed, had a EULA that declared ownership of everything you typed into it. Now they "just" have an ultra-google toolbar in it. Do no evil, right? Sure. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, I guess. FF4 is a great browser, I just don't like using it very much except when using Firebug. IE9 is incredibly fast, and a solid product all around. IE8 is not - don't confuse the two. [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] komark OT. Chrome is by far most widely used browser on this website. I think it should carry a little more weight on the web team. [/quote] [/quote][/url] [url=][quote][b]Posted by:[/b]Achronos As far as we can tell, there is a hard to reproduce bug in Firefox 3.x - is not the only site that this happens on. The problem is not reproducible on Firefox 4. Although, I've been using IE 9 lately given its rather remarkable performance and general improvement across the board. I'm not too impressed with Firefox 4, and Chrome, as usual, feels like Google spyware, no matter how many times they correct their EULA.[/quote][/url]

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