Dave Farrington asks a simple question that has fewer and fewer answers.
Guess which browser is the worst offender for privacy and security? Google’s Chrome.
Say it ain’t so.
Google uses Chrome to track your online habits; which websites you visit, when you visit, what you download and from where, and all that data is stored in the search engine giant’s vast vaults for regurgitation which helps their advertising business. Search Google for Blue Microphones and click around to half a dozen webpages about microphones and for the next week you will see advertising on many websites about… insert the famous drum roll here… Blue Microphones. You’re being tracked and tempted by Chrome.
All browsers track users.
Not quite. Safari has anti-tracking mechanisms built-in which can prevent some trackers. Opera has a built-in VPN which helps to disguise your IP address and location and block ads and trackers. Most browsers can utilize extensions which inhibit trackers, block most advertising, and provide a more private and secure browsing experience. There is a reason why Chrome is the world’s most used browser. But it’s not a good reason. Users just don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.
Regular readers know I’ve been critical of Google in recent years. The result is my site, PixoBebo, has experienced a dramatic drop in Google’s PageRank and search engine results despite the fact that readership continues to grow.
Retribution for criticism?