The latest version of #Chrome doesn't delete Google cookies even when you ask it to delete all cookies:
It also does some dodgy stuff with logging people into Google:
Chrome is made by Google, who make vast amounts of money from invading people's privacy.
The best easy-to-use alternative right now is probably Firefox:
@switchingsocial - Google kinda gave it away when they removed their "don't be evil" mantra.
Jack, do you know off-hand if Vivaldi (a #Chrome build) has this problem? I haven't specifically checked.
I used Firefox quite faithfully for a long time, and dropped back to an older version with Waterfox when my favorite speed dial extension stopped working with the Quantum builds.
FVD Speed Dial. I've very particular preferences (mild autism, or something like it), and there's really nothing else like it. The developers haven't been able to get it working for Firefox past 55, if I remember correctly.
I've settled with alternatives for a short time, but the extension just does what I need it to, and I haven't found anything else that duplicates that.
Also as the devs have s Chrome/ium extension they can just use and adjust. And according to https://everhelper.me/help2.php it is available:
@switchingsocial mozilla is pretty bad too. Icecat is the safest
@switchingsocial here’s the dirty secret as well: despite all of googles money, Firefox is more accessible to blind and visually impaired screenreader users.
Didn't know that, thank you for sharing!
Which browser should people use?
@switchingsocial I have no answer to that. I guess the advantage of Firefox is that you can see what they put in it, if you have the programming chops.
Probably, but Mozilla's decaying: e.g., pushing advertising via Pocket on the new tab.
I was thinking of switching to Midori.
Personally, I have never seen any marketing artcile (press release or what you mean by that), most are just from news sitzes, magazines, rarely some blogs or so…
Here's Mozilla's statement, from April 30, announcing that with Firefox 60, they would start including "an occasional sponsored story in Pocket's recommendation section on Firefox New Tab."
@shellkr @FoolishOwl @switchingsocial hmm… okay, then I assume you know where to report such problems to. Crashing when updating is certainly not expected. And the notification may also be better patched out or so – at least I did not saw so anywhere for me, although my distro also delays Firefox updates a little.
@rugk @FoolishOwl @switchingsocial Why should I report something that isn't really supported? I click the update and it opens a page where I can download a tar.bz2. I then have to manually extract, build and install......... or I can let my package manager do it automatically and also keep a track of it.
So the notification is useless and can't be turned off...
@switchingsocial it's done this kind of thing for a long time. Using extensions to block/autodelete cookies and localStorage doesn't work at all on those secret tracking IDs.
Firefox isn't perfect, but it seems to be the least worst option right now, at least for non-technical people.
@switchingsocial I keep Chrome around for web sites that won't work otherwise. Firefox doesn't help in that situation. :(
@switchingsocial, Christoph Tavan, the guy who started that thread on birdsite, posted a correction:
> Brief correction: Cookies seem to get removed and re-created immediately. At least the cookie content and creation date seems to change. Nonetheless: After hitting the "remove all" button you still don't end up with an empty cookie jar.
Doesn't really help though if it just replaces them with new cookies :/ It's not what I would call deleting something.
Granted, @switchingsocial, this may be surprising, and I do suspect they might find a way to fix it (other than putting a warning right next to thet button). Although, the way you've just put it makes me wonder how that should look like... I'm at a loss here, maybe "delete" should imply blocking cookies??
Delete all cookies should just mean delete all cookies, so that the cookie folder is empty when you check it.
The latest version of Chrome isn't doing that.
I'm trying to understand this, @switchingsocial. So the auto sign-in should do its deed only when you actually open a relevant page? What if you're using your google account to log into another, non-google site, would that still work?
I don't use chrome myself, so I can't test this easily.
Sorry for switching accounts, m.c. won't let me post as @RefurioAnachro :-/
@switchingsocial And as I like to do, I'll shill for GNOME Web, Midori, and my own Odysseus.
They run well on most other systems than Windows and Mac.
@switchingsocial Firefox is a memory hog.
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