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Does Google Chrome gather any "extra" information? Also doesnt google use bots, crawlers, zerglings etc... to gather information even if you are avoid their services like the scourge?

This discussions got me thinking, is it possible to avoid directed adds and lessen the data gathering by using vpn or tor? Edited by Psilobe

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[quote name='Psilobe' timestamp='1358550359' post='5023018']
is it possible to lessen the data gathering by using vpn or tor?[/quote]

My guess would be minimally, if at all.

 

Your IP has to be fairly stable in the short-term if you want to access common services (servers will tend to disconnect your session when your IP changes). And companies like Google are already very good at correlating dynamic IP addresses to the same user...

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Does Google Chrome gather any "extra" information?

 

Only to the extent of offering search suggestions when using the search bar - but that's something the google search engine does anyway, so it's just as if you were using Google.com directly - and you can disable it in Chrome's settings or change your search provider.

 

The other thing is every letter you type into the search box is instantly returned as a search "C(at) - Ca(t) - Cat - Cat P(ictures) - Cat Pi(ctures)" - when you do that, naturally it has to send every keystroke (in the browser search box) to Google to instantly return results - but it warns you ahead of time ("Enable Instant for faster searching (omnibox input may be logged)", and you can disable it, and I think it's even disabled by default.

 

Google Chrome is also open-source, so it's more likely to get caught doing extra monitoring than something closed-source.

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[quote name='Servant of the Lord' timestamp='1358554037' post='5023037']
Only to the extent of offering search suggestions when using the search bar - but that's something the google search engine does anyway[/quote]

It also happens in pretty much every other major browser - Safari and Firefox both offer live search suggestions too (though I don't recall if you have to install it separately for FireFox).

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Google Chrome is also open-source, so it's more likely to get caught doing extra monitoring than something closed-source.

Kind of*. A large part of Chrome was released in September, 2008 as the open source Chromium project[1]. Chrome itself isn't really open source; it's Chromium that is the open source project (which Chrome pulls from). However, the differences between the two are pretty minimal. Chrome for Android is a fork of Chromium, but they try to merge changes to it back into Chromium and WebKit to resolve the fork. Chrome collects a little bit of info, but like you said its quite minimal. It also implements Do Not Track, if you want that.

 

*Sorry, I hate to nitpick! I just think the subtle differences are interesting.

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[quote name='Cornstalks' timestamp='1358185069' post='5021472']
How on earth did Google know I wrote this post (4 years ago!)?
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I typed out the entire URL from the e-mail image, only to find you'd already linked to the post further below...

 

 

Anyway, reading this thread has made me scared.  I'm contemplating buying one of those pillows that light up when you squeeze them, so I can sleep easy at night.

 

This isn't entirely related, but something that bothers me is the way every search I make in search boxes are saved...for a seemingly unlimited amount of time.  If I use a search engine on GameDev, I can find searches I've made on Unity's documentation ("transform", "rigidbody", etc.).  The internet is becoming scary.

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