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Cryptographer dumps Chrome after auto sign-in feature lands

Post by catweazel » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:47 am

https://www.itwire.com/security/84619-c ... lands.html
The decision by Google to quietly effect sign-ins for users of its Chrome browser has caused at least one prominent technologist, John Hopkins University cryptographer Matthew Green, to stop using the browser.

Green, who has been using Chrome for a long time after it surfaced as an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer in 2008, said, a few weeks ago, an update made to Chrome quietly signed users in to their Google accounts every time they visited a Google site.
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Re: Cryptographer dumps Chrome after auto sign-in feature lands

Post by gm10 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:40 am

Interesting. Although I'd forward that he couldn't possibly have been concerned about privacy if he had been using Chrome instead of Chromium and on top of that had his google account configured in that and is browsing google services with that. I mean come on... This has all the stench of attention grabbing and a much ado about nothing to it.

I'll keep using my Chromium, which is unaffected by this and doesn't know about any google accounts I may or may not have, anyway.

Still surprised that Google was so dumb not to include an opt-out for this apparently. Guess the EU didn't fine them enough billions yet. Although Google probably gets out of this one via terms of services - it's not like you're forced to visit google sites and you're only giving them the data you previously consented to.

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Re: Cryptographer dumps Chrome after auto sign-in feature lands

Post by Portreve » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:47 am

I'm not really sure why this would be perceived as an issue anyhow. My Google account is the very first thing I sign into after a nuke-n-pave.
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Re: Cryptographer dumps Chrome after auto sign-in feature lands

Post by catweazel » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:08 am

Portreve wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:47 am
I'm not really sure why this would be perceived as an issue anyhow. My Google account is the very first thing I sign into after a nuke-n-pave.
I don't mind being signed in to google either because my settings are such that I don't let google collect anything they let me opt out of but I suppose it's a loss of choice in this case.

PS: What's a nuke & pave?
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Re: Cryptographer dumps Chrome after auto sign-in feature lands

Post by Portreve » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:12 am

Format the hard drive and set up from scratch.
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