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Google Chrome Adds ‘Reset’ Feature For Detecting & Preventing Browser Hijacker Actions

Posted on 06 February 2014 by GranTorinoGuy

Google has upped the ante when it comes to internet security by adding a new feature to prevent browser hijacking on top of its ability to quickly reset browser settings. This new feature will now prompt users when the browser detects that it has been hijacked by an add-on or other software just installed.

Browser Hijackers are a serious issue and are growing by the minute. Usually PC users get browser hijackers on their system through the download of Freeware or some type of shareware program. Once this app installs, it will load a browser hijacker program that changes internet settings to load an alternate default home page on your browser.

The new browser hijacker detection system on Google Chrome will now display an alert asking if you would like to reset altered Chrome settings. This alert comes about in the event that it noticed another program attempting to change default or current settings within the browser, mainly being the default home page or default search engine site.

Google Chrome already had a quick reset option built into it but it took the action of the computer user to use it and most times it was too late after a browser hijacker conducted its malicious actions.

We look for this new feature to be very beneficial for computer users in the case that aggressive browser hijackers are installed and attempt to alter your settings, it can be stopped dead in its tracks. However, it is still in a computer user’s best interest to completely remove any browser hijacker software on their system. Allowing browser hijackers to continually run on your system may initiate this feature to display its alerts each time you open up a new browser window until the hijacker is completely removed.

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Big Brother Google is Watching You

Posted on 22 February 2010 by SlimboCA

google-is-watching Whether we like it or not Google might as well be the God of cyberspace. Google’s somewhat godly cyber-status has been swirling in my head for some time now, especially since the recent uproar surrounding Google Buzz, Google’s China problem and lawsuits about online privacy.

Google scares me. Google knows everything and if you use Google and it’s applications, it probably knows a hell of a lot about you too. The core of Google’s business is its search engine, which means it already knows your searching habits.

If you search “weight loss” or “weight gain” or for some sort of “unknown” disease, Google knows. Then, of course, there is Gmail, where you send/receive your personal emails. Google Talk, the instant messaging application, and Google Buzz, its micro-blogging social network application, which are both built into Gmail. This means the people you email, even if it’s just once, get added to your Google Talk and Google Buzz list even if you don’t want to speak to them.

Imagine if you had a scary stalker that emailed you constantly and he or she was added to your Google Buzz and Google Talk accounts? Thanks Google! No wonder in Canada Google’s Buzz prompted a privacy review. Supposedly, Buzz has some controversial aspects such as the feature that automatically finds users to follow based on your email correspondence. That in itself is would cause me to worry, how about you? Other applications such as Google Docs really raises a concern of privacy. I know that I would not like anyone snooping into my financial information that could be stored on a Google Doc, that would be ridiculous.

With Google’s new GPS system, Google Navigator, Google knows exactly where you’re going at any given time. What about your online privacy. Well, what about it? Google has faced criticism in regards to privacy especially since the release of the Google Chrome browser. It would be logical to say that Google will know every website you visit and every word or phrase you type on the location bar. All this data will be associated with your Google Account. If you watch videos online, there’s YouTube, where you can broadcast yourself to the world, and to Google too.

All of Google’s services are free, which is cool because the free services allow many eyes on advertising. Another concern is that if you’re having an argument with your partner on Gmail, an advertisement may show up for divorce lawyers. Scary? I think yes.

Recently, Google announced it would also become an Internet Service Provider. For a low price, Google will be able to own all your information on the Internet and determine how you connect to the Internet.

And if you act now, you may get free Google Energy! That’s right, Google has linked with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to buy and sell energy as well.

Ignoring Google’s services and using others is an option, but one could end up in the same trap. The biggest issue is that everything someone can do on the Internet is controlled by a small group of corporations. And Google just happens to be the biggest of them all, so you do the math… soon we will all be good Google-fearing cyber citizens.

Are you scared of Google? Let us know your thoughts about privacy online by commenting below.

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Opera 10.5 Beta Beats Chrome as the Fastest Browser Ever

Posted on 15 February 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera Software has produced the world’s fastest browser.

The software company put all its rivals to shame with Opera 10.5, according to recent software tests.

Opera 10.5 – which is powered by a new JavaScript engine – was released late last week. The tests revealed that Opera 10.5 is nearly 15% faster than Safari for Windows and almost 20% faster than Google’s Chrome. Previously, Safari and Chrome held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots as the fastest browsers.

Opera’s preview was more than twice as fast as Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6, over eight times faster than Opera 10.10, and 10 times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), placing it miles ahead of competitors.

Opera has been also ran in JavaScript speed tests for almost two years, ever since developers working on WebKit, the open-source browser engine that powers Apple’s Safari, began bragging about massive JavaScript performance increases. Since then Mozilla built a new JavaScript engine for Firefox, and Google upped the ante with Chrome. The only browser Opera regularly beat in JavaScript races was the sluggish IE8.

Opera 10.5 features a new JavaScript rendering engine called Carakan which has a new vector graphics library called Vega that handles all graphics in the browser. Opera claims that Vega produces graphics three times faster than the library used by Opera 10.10, the company’s current browser.

Other additions include a new interface which reduces the space for menus, support for Windows 7′s Aero Peek and Jump List features, an address bar that brings the history and bookmark search of Firefox’s Awesomebar to Opera, and the ability to mark any tab as private so there’s no record of sites visited.

Opera 10.5′s beta is available for Windows, but alpha builds of the Mac and Linux versions can be downloaded from the Opera Desktop Team blog.

The Norwegian browser maker has not set a date for 10.5 to be shipped, but has revealed that versions for Windows will hit the shelves shortly. Opera says when final code for Windows is released, betas for Mac and Linux betas will be ready.

Have you downloaded the new Opera version? How does compare to the other web browsers that you use?

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