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On some websites if I have my browser set up incorrectly they won't even let me in because it sets off some sort of "IE" alarm, and tells me to stop using IE because it is the security equivalent of a block of Swiss Cheese, and not by accident. Google should be suing Microsoft on behalf of the public for putting out dangerously unsecure software.

Newsflash! IE is unsecure!

We've only known this for, what, about a decade now?rolleyes.gif
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That's a bit far. Most hacks require some modding of sorts. Google sent cookies through a hole by valid (though odd) means. The tracking seems to be for logins anyways, not ads.

I think a better analogy would be abusing an ingame bug. Just because it's there, doesn't mean you should do it. This is after they exploited Safari's 3rd party cookie blocking to force tracking and advertisements as well. They're going out of their way to try and force ads and track users.
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Google implemented the technique in order to embed +1 buttons on its ads, tricking users' systems into allowing cookies by using an invisible form submission to make Google's third-party cookies, which are blocked by Safari, appear as first-party cookies that are allowed. While Safari does block most tracking, it makes an exception for websites with which a person interacts in some way—for instance, by filling out a form. So Google added coding to some of its ads that made Safari think that a person was submitting an invisible form to Google.

google_safari_ios_tracking.jpg


Google halted the practice once it was contacted by The Wall Street Journal about it, but has tried to downplay the impact of the issue.
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204880404577225380456599176-lMyQjAxMTAyMDEwNjExNDYyWj.html

Edited by PoopaScoopa - 2/21/12 at 2:50am
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This shows how ridiculous IE9 and Safari are.

If Google manages to exploit legally your software... Then you must be doing something very wrong.
   
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Google turned to the dark side. buttkick.gif
Google have NEVER been on the light side, they've always been an evil corporation determined to steal people's data.
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This shows how ridiculous IE9 and Safari are.
If Google manages to exploit legally your software... Then you must be doing something very wrong.

Allowing cookies from sites you interact with, ie: forms, is a good thing. Google abusing it to spy on you and shove ads in your face, not so good.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 2/21/12 at 8:03am
post #16 of 31
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Not too bright eh? Allowing cookies from sites you interact with, ie: forms, is a good thing. Google abusing it to spy on you and shove ads in your face, not so good.

It's like getting ants in your kitchen. If you didn't drop the food and leave it there in the first place, they wouldn't have come.
   
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That's extremely shady...all to get some tracking information from users to sell. I can hardly believe the whole "save the internet" nonsense spewed from google, I think they've made it pretty apparent by now (even for the people who still claim google is a "good" company) that the only reason they're trying to put on the whole "pro-internet" political stuff is so they can continue raking in the cash off the ignorant. This is the prime reason I refuse to use Chrome, as it tracks everything you do and sends it straight to google. Nothing is free, one way or another, you're paying for it and in google's case...you pay with your privacy. They think that whatever you do on the internet, they have the rights to use the information for whatever they see fit.
    
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post #18 of 31
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That's not a hole, it's a speedbump over a 10 lane superhighway.
It's like a log in screen that asks "Would you like to enter a password? Yes/No" and lets people in who choose "No".

more like "Would you like to enter your user name? [OK]" and you are in ...
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post #19 of 31
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That's a bit far. Most hacks require some modding of sorts. Google sent cookies through a hole by valid (though odd) means. The tracking seems to be for logins anyways, not ads.

Hmm. That is a good point. I'm not defending Microsoft here but I still reckon Google should of left it alone, and told them about it. I'd say that for any company though.

[edit] As PoopaScoopa better said, I was referring to an in-game flaw that had not been patched, something like a simple teleport. I didn't say what I meant to say correctly though, so it was my fault. Sorry!
Edited by La Soapy - 2/21/12 at 4:28am
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