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24.0.1312.52 (Jan 14, 2013)
@Music4Ever. My problem isn't someone criticizing a program, it's when they say stuff like "Google spyware", which is simply not true. It's sensationalist, and scares people away from even trying something that they could potentially like.
I'll agree to disagree as far as features and performance goes, but the word "spyware" is being tossed around way too freely.
25.0.1364.29 Beta (Jan 14, 2013)
I keep several browsers installed. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and IE (meh). I use them to test websites I design, and to check and see if it's something browser specific when I run into a problem on a website.
Chrome is my go-to browser though, and my default. I love the available extensions, the speed, the reliability, and the security. It rates highly in reviews, and comes out on top in most tests I see.
23.0.1271.97 (Dec 25, 2012)
Chrome itself is not mining your data, and this is my point.
The functionality of instant search requires keystrokes to be sent to Google. This is just the nature of the beast, and if you don't like it, it's easily disabled. Also, the only keystrokes it logs are the ones you are typing into the omnibar, and you can also use a different search engine entirely if you don't like it. It's a matter of convenience.
Also, any browser with search suggestions enabled is sending data to search engines. So Firefox, IE, Opera, etc are all doing the same thing. I don't see what makes Chrome the bad guy here. They even make a "do not track" option, and clearly state that "omnibox input may be logged" in options. They're not trying to hide this.
Google is the largest search engine in the world, and of course they will be under fire constantly, just as Apple, Microsoft, and other large companies are all the time. It doesn't mean they're evil, that they're tracking your every move, or that they ever intend to invade your privacy beyond providing relevant advertising content. They make mistakes like any other company, and they'll suffer the consequences, but these articles are nothing less than sensationalist.
I've skimmed all of your links, and other than the instant search functionality (which I've already discussed) they're all just talking about Google itself. They're a huge company, and just because they're under attack doesn't mean they're intentionally doing anything wrong, or that their Chrome browser is a security risk.
Chrome has proven itself as the most secure browser out there in many comparisons. Sure, exploits are found, but that goes for any popular software out there, including other top browsers. Performance-wise, it's leader of the pack in most tests. I see no reason not to rate it 5 stars.
I find it interesting that in an earlier comment you said that Pale Moon is your browser of choice. Even at the time you posted that, the most current version of Pale Moon was using a version of Firefox with known exploits.
You posted on Aug 24, 2012
"My favorite: http://www.palemoon.org/"
Compare with: http://www.mozilla.org/s...rabilities/firefox.html
I can hardly take you seriously, using a 3rd party browser modification, which doesn't keep itself on the forefront of security. You're worried about Google seeing what you type in the omnibox, but overlook something like this. Ridiculous...
23.0.1271.95 (Dec 11, 2012)
You sure like taking things out of context and making straw man arguments. Wait, do you work for Fox News? It's really weird that some of you care so much about trying to destroy Google's reputation that you show up so often after a new version is released to spring these scare tactics on everyone. If I was half the conspiracy theorist you are, I'd probably have some crazy idea about you working for a competing browser company.
Chrome is a very secure browser. If you're afraid of tracking cookies, then you either need to use extensions/settings to prevent their function, or just get off the internet and go live in a cabin in the woods. Chrome isn't some magical evil portal that Google uses to document every facet of your online presence. Their #1 goal is providing relevant advertising, just as many other sites do. Hell, the browser isn't even what does this, it's the websites you visit. Change your search engine and call it a day. When I installed Chrome recently, it popped up and asked me what search engine I preferred, so I didn't even have to use Google if I didn't want to.
All of this scary stuff you think they're doing will happen in Firefox. It will happen in Opera. It will happen in Internet Explorer. This will happen in any common modern day browser without it being specifically set up to block it. Chrome doesn't do anything "worse" than other available browsers that makes it less secure, and it doesn't invade your privacy any more using another browser. If someone has evidence to the contrary from REPUTABLE sources, please cite it.
If Chrome is "spyware" like many of you claim, prove it. How is the browser itself spying on anyone? If you dislike the Google websites and their practices, and think other companies providing similar services aren't doing the exact same things, you're delusional. They just happen to be the biggest, and therefore come under the most scrutiny.
24.0.1312.27 Beta (Nov 30, 2012)
My favorite browser by far. Don't let the uninformed conspiracy theorist people here scare you off. Google even has an option under advanced settings for "Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic."
As for speed, Chrome is mostly on top here as well, despite other users saying Firefox "wipes the floor" with it.
24.0.1312.27 Beta (Jul 24, 2006 - 5:31 PM)
Graphics instruction sets evolve too fast to integrate them into the Motherboard or CPU. I think this would be a step backwards at least until we hit the next major step in increasing processor speeds.
24.0.1312.27 Beta (Sep 10, 2005 - 10:25 PM)
I miss the days when I had 20 different search engines to try. Google makes things too easy :(
24.0.1312.27 Beta (Aug 24, 2005 - 11:50 PM)
I would love to see video chat added to this program. Other than that I don't think there are many features it needs. I don't need silly avatars or profiles, stock quotes and a built in search bar. I like it...low overhead, stable (so far), and only 2 files in my program files, the executable and the uninstaller. How simple is that? I hear people saying we would bash AOL or MSN for releasing such a client, but if this was their BETA client, I would have been VERY pleased. Keep it about the communication. Text, voice, video. No ads, no frills. Just simple, reliable communication is all I want. I just can't wait for the trillian jabber plugin to be updated to support voice.
24.0.1312.27 Beta (Jul 13, 2002 - 6:55 PM)
Who says you can't right bug-free software? My Hello World! program is bug free :)
24.0.1312.27 Beta (Jun 13, 2002 - 3:07 PM)
Great...another corner of the market for Microsoft to obligerate the competition. It's not that I hate Microsoft, but I think that if they need to charge less for their products...