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Alright guys...Got a few questions for ya'll...

My mom is paranoid and she won't use Google Chrome because it apparently "records keystrokes".... I told her they don't and if they do its probably for information regarding their own program security and nothing to attack the user of the browser...

She only uses IE which is a billion times slower than chrome...

Could someone please explain to me, so i can explain to her, if and why google records keystrokes. And also, if IE does it as well and the reason why she should go to Chrome for all her browsing needs...

I've been using chrome exclusively for probably the past 3-4years....
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... get a keystroke recorder and plug it in the back of her box, then you can really have some fun and just mess with her biggrin.gif
post #3 of 10
You know auto-fill? yeah they all record information and possibly keystrokes. IE has this too, and I am sure Bing does auto-complete just like google.

If she is THAT worried, just get her opera.
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Are you using IE9? It's not slow compared to the older versions.
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SO basically chrome records keystrokes for auto-complete or auto-fill functions within the browser?

I honestly feel like she's paranoid...why does it matter if a company that produces your browser, records your keystrokes....?
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My stance on security is this, If someone really wants my information, they will likely be able to get it regardless of what I do to stop them. Companies all have your information anyways. However they do not assign your information to a name, but rather you are just a random unidentifiable number that is related to your system/ip.
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If she's happy with it don't make her change just because you believe it is better. Chrome zealots are as bad as apple haters these days, lots of whining but over very small things. Chrome is better than IE no one can deny but she won't notice it I would imagine. Most people wouldn't. IE9 is quite good these days in particular and I use it often. But that is an opinion, let her have her opinion you have yours. Don't try to force someone to do something.

In regards to the speed you are a bit off. maybe slightly faster but not noticeable to most people and or most people don't care that their page loads in .5 seconds instead of .7 seconds.

I use firefox myself, wasn't pleased with chrome but that's just me.
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Go Hairy Yak's way smile.gif

Install either Douglas or Ardamax on her PC, and mess with her IE searches, to prove that it also records keystrokes, and gives them a worse use.

E.g. Send her a mail coming from a faked IE adress at the end of the week with all her IE keystrokes, informing her that they have been recorded and have been sent to a central database to keep track on IE's users searches, etc.

Hope it's not too devious, Chrome FTW smile.gif
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Go Hairy Yak's way smile.gif
Install either Douglas or Ardamax on her PC, and mess with her IE searches, to prove that it also records keystrokes, and gives them a worse use.
E.g. Send her a mail coming from a faked IE adress at the end of the week with all her IE keystrokes, informing her that they have been recorded and have been sent to a central database to keep track on IE's users searches, etc.
Hope it's not too devious, Chrome FTW smile.gif

ssooo lie to her?



Why does she gbelive chrome is recoding keystokes as it dosnt rolleyes.gif, most broswers have a chache for forms which you can clear but they dont capture keystokes rolleyes.gif
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Alright guys...Got a few questions for ya'll...
My mom is paranoid and she won't use Google Chrome because it apparently "records keystrokes".... I told her they don't and if they do its probably for information regarding their own program security and nothing to attack the user of the browser...
She only uses IE which is a billion times slower than chrome...
Could someone please explain to me, so i can explain to her, if and why google records keystrokes. And also, if IE does it as well and the reason why she should go to Chrome for all her browsing needs...
I've been using chrome exclusively for probably the past 3-4years....

Google does record a lot of information and has one of the worst track records for the shear quantity of data and length of time they hold it. This data is previous searches, previous browsing habits, e-mails (if you use Gmail), any documents or data stored on Google Drive (check the T&Cs on that - you basically agree to them reusing your data), social media content on G+ and so on. They also record your computer settings: browser, OS, IPs, etc and even your geo-location!

This is all retained to make more refined search results (and it works - Google Search is easily the best search engine on the market) and targeted advertising (the core income for Google). however it also makes a great number of people paranoid too - which is understandable when you start seeing adverts for similar products to items you searched for the night before.

If your mum is genuinely concerned about her privacy, then there are settings within Google that will limit the extent of data stored (you need to log into your Google account to change this). If this doesn't go far enough then she will need to run Firefox or Opera and use Duck Duck Go as her default search engine.

Personally I'd steer clear of Internet Explorer as:
  1. It's still behind most other browsers for HTML5 support. MS are only supporting finalised standards however the W3C are glacial in defining them so most other browsers end up implementing draft specifications. The upshot of this is that at least MS are finally following standards (rather than re-defining them), however it also means that IE will get feature rich sites after every other browser on the market.
  2. MS are still trying to calve a slice of the web for their own. This means they have their own search engine (Bing) and that they have their own agenda. Internet Explorer might be safe from privacy snooping, however it's impossible to tell for sure and MS have been known to add usage profiling in some of their other products (eg Windows Media Player). So if your mum is ultra paranoid, it's safer to avoid IE as well.

tl;dr version: Your mum is being paranoid, but it's not without a nugget of truth.
Edited by Plan9 - 5/2/12 at 1:49am
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