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2. Chrome Is a Data Mining Tool
Yeah, Chrome is fast. But what exactly are you sacrificing? It's common knowledge that gØØgle uses your personal data gleaned from scanning your email, storing your search terms and not only does gØØgle know every single URL you type into the URL bar, it also stores every partial URL you type. For example, say you want to look for "Porch Carpentry" but you accidentally type "Porn...." you may notice this mistake before you even press enter and quickly press the back button to correct it, but too late, gØØgle already tracked and stored the fact that you were searching for porn. It takes that cookie that's stored on your computer and send it along back to gØØgle with the newly added porn search to it. With pornography being an estimated $13.6 to $14 billion industry, there's money to be made off your searches.
gØØgle is one of the out of the box browsers that simply allows scripts to be run on your browser from any webpage out there. To the novice, this means that any script passed along to your browser can do anything from install dangerous software on your computer to simply annoying you with random popup windows to "warning" you that your computer is infected and to "click here" for a free virus scan. Using this scare tactic, people can easily click on that "Clean your PC now" warning which, in all actuality is the way to install malware, spyware and trojan software. It counts on your fear, thinking that your virus software is working and that something "got by it" and you're about to fix it. What you're about to do is damage your computer costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Most antivirus software out there are virus programs themselves. Especially Norton, McAfee and some others. Working in the industry for a few years now, I would recommend either ESET or Avast, both free. Both of these have RTS (Real Time Scanning) abilities. What this means is that these programs are always up (using very, very little memory and not slowing your computer down at all to monitor anything you might download. If you download an innocent game or program, Avast or ESET will pass these through to your operating system allowing them to be installed. Those prices don't apply to you or I, Avast is free for home users. You enter your email once a year and it get's renewed for another year. It quietly updated its virus definitions on a daily basis and you wouldn't even know it's happening. There is NO effect on your computer's performance while it's updating definitions. IT does it daily to stay a step ahead of those 14 year olds writing viruses.
If what you're downloading is dangerous, you'll see this:
A nice warning that the site you're about to visit is a baddie. It also gives a warning if you are downloading something that's a virus, too.
The biggest door through which these bad programs make their way onto your computer is through the installation of programs you choose to download. For example, say you want to download Winamp. Pay attention when you're clicking through all the "Yes" and "I agree" prompts.
Check out what is buried, sneakily into the Chrome installation package:
Notice is you pick "Quick Installation" you are also allowing Chrome to install something called "Powerpack", some "extra components" (whatever those are), toolbars and you are allowing it to change your home page and change your search engine.
However, pick "Custom Installation" and you can "Uncheck" all those extra programs. Most people just click "Yes" and go about installing the program. Then they open their browser and there's some toolbar at the top. So, not only is Chrome watching every single letter you type in the bar, there's another company monitoring, recording and selling that data because, hey...you allowed it after all!
See how sneaky they are?
4. Google Search Results Are Not What They Seem
When you do an internet search on gØØgle the results you see are completely different than what the person sitting next to you see. Even if you both type "cars" into the search box at the VERY exact same time, what you see and what your friend sees are two different gØØgle monsters. Your results are based on what you've been looking at on the internet, what you have looked at on Facebook, what you've typed into the search bar and everything else you do online.
I can't explain this any better than duckduckgo does:
Give that a read and be surprised at what you learn. It's amazing. It's one page full of cute pictures that drives it all home very, very well.
gØØgle would have you believe they are "SHOCKED" that word is getting around their a glorified data mining and spying operation. But remember this: they helped China build their massive firewalls and web filters. As you know, people in China are not allowed to read news outside of the State Run Media. People looking at and reading news articles critical of China became such a problem to the Chinese government they turned to "Don't Be Evil" gØØgle.
So what did the precious gØØgle do? They hopped on their jets, flew over to China and helped censor the internet for the Chinese government and those pesky, curious citizens. Now more than ever it's impossible for a Chinese citizen to read anything that hasn't passed gØØgle's prying eyes and China's list of allowed media and television.
So, in closing...does gØØgle have your privacy in mind? Why do you think those ads seem to be a bit too relevant to what websites you've been reading? Or the contents of your email?
It's because they are an arm of the NSA and one of the biggest sellers of personal information around today.
Be gØØgle free. Use Bing. Use duckduckgo.com. The latter of which uses encryption when sending your searches across the internet and it also NEVER tracks, monitors, stores or in any other way gathers who you are selling it to various governments and government agencies.