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Beware of Using the Chrome Browser

  1. Writer Fox profile image57
    Writer Foxposted 2 years ago

    I know that HP often recommends using Chrome to better display the HP website.

    This tops today's headlines:
    "Google is listening to you, Israeli tech-blogger reveals"

    "Internet giant takes heat after secretly installing software capable of picking up conversation from a computer via Chrome browser"

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/google-is- … r-reveals/

    Is that scary or what?!?!?!?!

    1. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I have not experience with facilitating voice devices on my PC. Would that be like using Skype for instance? Would that mean if using the video portion of Skype or others it is picked up as well? If that is so that indeed it is scary! I will read the article next. (P.S. I just read the article and see it just may do so).

    2. agvulpes profile image87
      agvulpesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      That seems to be the ultimate 'invasion of privacy' ?  Oh no they could probably turn on the Camera in your Laptop !
      And to think all of this information 'may' be stored somewhere?
      Thanks for the tip-off !  I have Chrome but don't use it so I will be 'uninstalling' it from all of my Computers ASAP !

    3. Hendrika profile image83
      Hendrikaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I have to say that I think we will be scared if we knew what Google knows about all of us. I really do believe they "listen" to us all the time. I have to say, though that I also notice it a lot with my other devices where I do not use Google

    4. colorfulone profile image85
      colorfuloneposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Here is what they are talking about I think.
      https://www.google.com/
      See the microphone in the search bar?
      Click it and speak.

    5. colorfulone profile image85
      colorfuloneposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      What people should really be worried about is Jade Helm 15 which officially kicks off on July 15th, but some are saying it already has.

      1. EsJam profile image79
        EsJamposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        AAWhat is Jade Helm 15?

        1. agvulpes profile image87
          agvulpesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Just looked it up on Wikepedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jade_Helm … y_theories
          Interesting conspiracy theory ???

        2. Sgt Prepper profile image60
          Sgt Prepperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Operation Jade Helm-15 is the advent of martial-law in America.  Their motto is "To Master the Human Domain".  That is the real reason our Army has been training so heavily in MOUT which stands for Military Operations in Urban Terraine.
          The initial 5-states TX, AZ, UT, NM & CA begin July 15th with a tentative completion scheduled for Sept 15th.  At least seven other states including IL will provide NG troops as well.  Every branch of the military is also involved. This reminds me of when EVERY National Guardsmen was already on Active Duty when there was a " surprise" attack on Pearl Harbor.

    6. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it is...and it makes me happy that I have old equipment that does not have a camera or skype or. as far as I know, a microphone. 

      Nonetheless, somebody needs to look into this.  It seems Google may be going the way of FB...what in the world makes these people think they have the right to do these things!  A better question is, why aren't our governments stepping in to put a stop to it!

    7. SheilaMilne profile image97
      SheilaMilneposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I can't currently check because I'm away from home with limited internet access but I've been reading about this for several days. I understood that it's mostly scaremongering. This article http://9to5google.com/2015/06/22/chrome … confusion/ suggests it's "more misunderstanding than cause for concern".

  2. Rana Pecarski profile image81
    Rana Pecarskiposted 2 years ago

    Interesting and explains a lot...many times I have ads or something pop up on my computer that is directly related to conversations I was having at home and nothing I had searched for,etc. Just random topics.We talked about what a weird coincidence it was.Recent example, we were watching Godfather II on TV and within 15 minutes, I was getting Godfather II related stuff on my computer. One of many incidents. Scary.

    1. Writer Fox profile image57
      Writer Foxposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      That is truly frightening.  I hope they get criminally investigated for this!

      1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image95
        Patty Inglish, MSposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I agree with you - total inappropriate invasion of privacy. Thanks for telling us about this. I deleted Chrome browser months ago when it blocked me from the internet altogether. I know how to fix that now, because other Hubbers gave A+ advice, but I won't fix it.  Thank you again.

    2. Quilligrapher profile image87
      Quilligrapherposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Ms. Pecarski. I hope you do not mind if I add my two cents.

      IMHO, your experiences may not be scary at all if you were watching Godfather II via a cable, satellite, or internet connection. Nor would it be logical to think conversations were being recorded if advertisers were expecting the film to have a large viewing audience in your region. It would be interesting to know how many people that were not watching the program also saw Godfather II related stuff on their computers.

      It is generally considered illogical to think, "Since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X." {1}

      Sorry to butt in . Just my observations from another perspective.

      I hope you have a great night.
      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6919429.jpg
      {1} http://skepdic.com/posthoc.html

      1. wilderness profile image99
        wildernessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Or even watching the movie over the air on a local channel.  That information is readily available (local programming), and something advertisers could take advantage of - putting ads on computer screens from the local isp's.

  3. DrMark1961 profile image100
    DrMark1961posted 2 years ago

    Since you mentioned this, I wanted to bring up another point about using Google software to write your hubs. Most of you who use the online Google software to write your hubs have probably not read the extensive TOS, but you should be aware that if you do write in that platform your work belongs to Google.
    I read another hubber complaining about how Google search can now direct you to articles put out by Google, not another website. The authors who are giving Google the rights to their work have no one to blame but themselves.
    And yes, agvulpes, your camera can be turned on remotely. Sticking a post-it note over the camera when you are not using it is the best way to avoid it being used without your authorization.

    1. moonlake profile image91
      moonlakeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I always put a post it note over my camera. I like to leave my computer on but I don't want the camera looking into my house. Turn it off someone else could turn it on.

  4. Mark Ewbie profile image87
    Mark Ewbieposted 2 years ago

    Well at least someone is listening to me.

  5. janderson99 profile image48
    janderson99posted 2 years ago

    http://usercontent2.hubimg.com/12493411.jpg

  6. galleryofgrace profile image81
    galleryofgraceposted 2 years ago

    I have noticed all the same things each of you mention. For some time I have been covering the mike and camera with tape. I am not paranoid, there are just too many coincidences!

  7. Marie Flint profile image90
    Marie Flintposted 2 years ago

    I just started using Google Chrome once again because my Internet Explorer is slow. Mainly, the Google is just for games and movies. I've never used Skype.

  8. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    The only device I own that has Google Chrome on it is my little cheap-O tablet that I use mainly for playing "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" and not much else. I very rarely use the Chrome browser on it for much of anything beyond skimming the day's news headlines... So if the CIA or NSA or whoever is trying to use it to spy on me, they're probably pretty disappointed. ("This guy is boring as hell. Let's watch someone else instead.")

    1. EsJam profile image79
      EsJamposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I use Chrome all the time!! I had no idea......what browser do you recommend?

    2. EsJam profile image79
      EsJamposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I'm also a bit confused.....Chrome is Google's browser and Google is the search engine? Is that correct? So it's better to use maybe Firefox?

  9. LongTimeMother profile image97
    LongTimeMotherposted 2 years ago

    Ah, another advantage to living off the grid where no electrical appliances are left plugged in or turned on when not being actively used ... and with satellite internet that makes me struggle for a connection even when I want one.

    I think I'm safe!  smile

    1. Writer Fox profile image57
      Writer Foxposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      "We [at Google] don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."
      – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Mountain View, CA, U.S.

      http://usercontent1.hubimg.com/12493936.png

      1. Venkatachari M profile image81
        Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Good post. Making people aware about all these probable dangers to their privacy, you are doing great help. 
        I do not use camera or skype or any voice search. So, I feel, I may not have any problem using chrome.

      2. Sgt Prepper profile image60
        Sgt Prepperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        An in-law bought a Samsung Smart-TV and in the owners manual are the words "Do not discuss personal matters in front of your television!"

  10. Snakesmum profile image80
    Snakesmumposted 2 years ago

    It's even worse than George Orwell's book "1984"!

    1. Sgt Prepper profile image60
      Sgt Prepperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I hate Big Brother Obama the Antichrist. So I guess it is off to Room 101 for me and a rat-cage to the face?  Thank God for The Rapture!

  11. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    This is just not good. There are several articles about Google's listening device. I just read one at

    http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/2 … ng-device/

    Scary world we are entering!

    1. Writer Fox profile image57
      Writer Foxposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      "But Chrome can do something the other two can’t - secretly listen to and transcribe the conversations occurring in your home without your knowledge."  That article was published in February, 2014!
      I can't believe I just found out about it right now.  Google can listen in on every conversation you are having in the room where you are using your computer. 

      Can you really secretly record people's conversations without a court order in the U.S.?

      The fact that Google was using private conversations to determine which ads to display to certain individuals is just disgusting.

      Anyone up for a class action lawsuit?

      1. DrMark1961 profile image100
        DrMark1961posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        SMART phones do the same thing, (record audio and video remotely) and a lot of people carry their phones around everywhere, in every room they go. It does not matter how boring you think your life is--do you really think it is okay for them to come into your house and look around to see what you are doing? I do not.
        If you want to read more about this, there is a good book by Marc Goodman called "Future Crimes".
        Or, you can read it on the internet, and the social media sites and the US NSA will keep track of what you are doing!
        Good luck on that class action lawsuit. The NSA will probably have it thrown out of court for national security reasons.

        1. Venkatachari M profile image81
          Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Why worry about all these things. Google will not try to harass you or does have any criminal intentions. So, I don't think any danger to our security.

          1. DrMark1961 profile image100
            DrMark1961posted 2 years agoin reply to this

            It is about privacy, not just security. You have a right to privacy. Do you let people in off of the street to look through your refrigirator and cabinets, watch you while you sleep, go into the bathroom when you are using it, or sit in your bedroom and go through your clothes? Probably not. It does not matter how honest those people might be, they are strangers and have no right to infringe on your privacy.
            Oh, and as far as security goes, you seem to think that Google execs would do you no wrong. Do you really think that Google execs are the only ones who have access to that information they pick up from your house?

            1. starme77 profile image77
              starme77posted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Use Computer - have no privacy - People who do not engage in the computer - They have privacy. I have many retired military in my family who are not allowed to use the computer at all and they are retired - that tells me a whole lot bout the computer security stuffs

        2. starme77 profile image77
          starme77posted 2 years agoin reply to this

          They would get bored peaking into my house anyway - haha

  12. melbel profile image99
    melbelposted 2 years ago

    This is a security issue computer wide and not just with Chrome. I know how to hack into a web cam and get an audio feed. I would never do it, but I know how. Chrome not required.

    Anything you can do on your computer can be done remotely by a hacker if you don't keep your stuff secure.

    1. tsmog profile image83
      tsmogposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! Suggestion for 'good' security melbel? Thank you for sharing that info!

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Would love to see a hub about this from you. I think it would help a lot of people because so many take their security for granted.

      I use MalwareBytes and Kazpersky and seem to have very few problems, but I am never certain that this is enough...and yes, I scan and defrag regularly.

      1. SouradipSinha profile image78
        SouradipSinhaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        De-fragment and scanning is really necessary. Stay safe everyone..

        1. Sgt Prepper profile image60
          Sgt Prepperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I have a close relative who is a highly-paid computer guru and was told everything you do on your PC or Tablet is recorded on a server.  So even if you erase your History and Cookies Big Brother still has a record and your IP address. What say you?

  13. starme77 profile image77
    starme77posted 2 years ago

    Well Honestly, I think that stuff has been going on for a long time but at least it is finally getting some attention. I alwasy take my battery our of my phone when I am not using it. And actually, my comptuer too. Google is getting a bit big for its britches, kind of wanting to take over everything it seems. I don't have the same accounts for my phone as I have for my Computer. The "One account - All of Google" crap scared me a long time ago.

    1. Sgt Prepper profile image60
      Sgt Prepperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Even 'Smart Meters' from utility companies invade our privacy.  The Amish are right.

      1. starme77 profile image77
        starme77posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        haha exactly!

    2. Sgt Prepper profile image60
      Sgt Prepperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The only reason I'm voting for Birther Trump is because Sheriff Arpaio is too old and Edward Snowden is too young.

 
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