Google Chrome Privacy
06-24-19: Special Notice regarding the Chrome browser
Over the years both the Villages Computer Club and the Village Computers Plus group have recommended software applications that certain tech experts in both clubs thought worthy of special consideration. Well we are doing it again now, this time making a very strong recommendation against the continued use of the Google Chrome browser, and in favor of Firefox from Mozilla (or possibly, ??? Opera, from Opera Software, which is a Chinese majority owned company) to be your default browser. As Google has “updated and improved” Chrome, more and more of your browsing information and details regarding personal preferences, sites visited, etc. is being tracked and shared. We could go on and on but we prefer to direct you to the links below for details from the experts. However, the bottom line is that Chrome users should immediately re-evaluate their choice of default browser on all their devices, i.e. computers, phones and tablets.
We feel so strongly about this issue that during the fall and winter this year we will include a brand-new and comprehensive series of security presentations to prepare you to enter the third decade of the 21st Century. The content will address issues that relate to not only Windows based platforms but to Android phones and tablets as well. For those of you who read this but are not VCC or VCP members, please consider joining one or better yet both clubs. Personal computing is constantly changing and you need all the help you can get to defend against ever more sophisticated and aggressive bad actors that seek to compromise your security. The mission of both clubs is to help you so that you can help yourself.
Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software, Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post Tech Columnist
Why I’m Done with Chrome, Matthew Green, Cryptographer & Johns Hopkins Professor
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Bennett Cyphers & Mitch Stoltz
In a related matter, security expert Brian Krebs, in the June 12, 2019 edition of his Newsletter, reported that Microsoft discovered a significant number of “critical vulnerabilities” in both Internet Explorer and its newest browser, Edge. Once again, the threats were addressed by Microsoft with a series of Windows OS patches in June. During a long span of years, a consistent and seemingly never-ending pattern of flaws and required fixes for these products has emerged and become a constant. As a result, the VCC & the VCP have long advocated against the use of either of these apps as your default browser.