Surfing with the Lights Out

Considering the privacy violations, tracking and data theft popping up with various browser extensions, Incognito mode is an excellent solution, primarily because it disables plugins while the privacy mode is running. Many people have asked for a way to indicate that specific bookmarks should always be opened in Incognito mode. The argument against this is that it would compromise part of the privacy as someone could go through your bookmarks, see which ones are marked to always open in private mode, and therefore deduce that this is where you’re keeping your porn stash. This is terribly short-sided on the part of the browser developers and defeats the other reason for privacy/incognito: keeping your browsing private. All too often, I remember to turn on...

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Is it time to dump Google Chrome?

Last week (8/25) an extension for the Google Chrome browser called “Smooth Gestures” was found to contain tracking code that recorded the URL of every single page that you visited (Discussion here). The extension provides mouse gestures in the browser and was extremely popular. Since then, the extension has been removed and the developer has made a public apology. Doesn’t matter, tho. The damage has been done and I won’t be using anything from them again. Still, all’s good, right? Not So Fast Two weeks ago, Blogstorm reported that another very popular extension had gone rogue. This time is was “Awesome Screenshot”. This plugin would inject its own Amazon affiliate links into Google’s search results. This was another...

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