Google Chrome Reviews

Privacy Issues

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If you are concerned about privacy, Chrome is not the best option. Period. Google tracks everything you do in order to customize the ads displayed to you. Their ads are everywhere (email inbox, websites etc). They might know you more than you do. In this case, Firefox is the way to go.
If you don't mind having your life tracked, then Chrome is better overall.

Andre Jones

Brave is a good alternative too, based on Chrome graphic engine for those who like fast browsers and respects your privacy like Firefox (before they add telemetry...so let's say Waterfox)

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Don't believe the benchmarks

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Chrome is not a horrible browser, but what bugs me quite often is how many publications praise its performance. The reason for this is, I believe, the way in which people measure performance. They usually have certain websites and tools to collect metrics – but those are run in a single tab. What has become annoyingly obvious to me with prolonged use of Chrome, is that it deals very poorly with increasing numbers of tabs.

With many open tabs, let's say one or two dozen, Chrome's interface will start breaking down and behaving inconsistently. Not just scrolling and clicking in websites can have delays or 5 to 10 seconds, but the Chrome window itself will start showing the same behaviour. It can take many seconds for Chrome to close a tab of open its menu after you click, and choosing context menu options becomes a test of patience. It won't usually bring up the crashed tab prompt anymore. At some point, the interface might stop responding entirely. It will still be reactive, showing mouse-over effects and such, but clicks won't have an effect any longer. The usual disclaimer applies: this is not a problem with my system, an extension, or particular version of Chrome. I've witnessed it across many Chrome versions over the years, after a clean install, on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

This is really quite baffling because one of the features Chrome advertises is its multi-process architecture, that for example prevents a crashing tab from crashing the entire browser. Firefox only started implementing something similar very recently, but it never had those problems with large numbers of tabs. Firefox has its own memory consumption and performance problems, of course. But even with several hundreds of tabs, it doesn't show such an extreme drop in performance. I've once experimented by having a Firefox session with well over a thousand tabs, and it didn't perceivably slow down the browser! Only after many hours of use I started noticing some sluggishness, but in the same way that it happens with Firefox when running just a few tabs. And even if it did croak, you can always close Firefox, use its very reliable session restore functionality to have all the tabs back open (the recovery takes about half a minute with 1000+ tabs, by the way), and Firefox will only lazy-load tabs to memory as they are activated again, so it remains fast for a long time, while Chrome seems to insist on always loading everything at once.

On paper, Firefox should be architecturally less prepared to deal with a large number of tabs. So I can only conclude that, at least in this aspect, the programmers working on Firefox are a lot more skilled than whatever engineers Google hired for Chrome. Firefox's code is of immensely higher quality in this regard.

So this is something to consider if you like working with a lot of tabs, like me. Firefox will let you, Chrome will crash and burn.

Good and honest feedback, I use firefox myself as my main browser for everything especially heavy browsing, and chrome for coding.
There is extension that will help you if you want to use chrome with many tabs it's called The Great Suspender, give it a try.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'm definitely going to give that a try soon! The description of the extension sounds promising.

You'll probably need another extension (if it exists) for how Chrome handles tabs in the UI, if you really want to work with a lot of them. Firefox has a minimum width for tab riders which will keep part of their title visible, and display the overflow in a drop-down menu of all tabs. In Chrome, on the other hand, tab riders keep getting narrower until they become impossible to distinguish and hard to click, and there is no overflow menu, the tabs that don't fit on the screen will just be invisible until the number of open tabs drops again.

You are right it's getting worth with lots and lots of tabs, maybe you can use some sort of tab grouping.

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Best browser there is.

about Google Chrome · · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful

Google chrome could never be replaced.
Pros:

  • Google Chrome sandboxes every single tab extension & plugin, making it the most secure browser there is.
  • Google chrome also has amazing sync capabilities. Chrome syncs bookmarks, extensions & settings, just to name a few.
  • Chrome has some really good web apps. (i.e. Codevny, Polarr, Little Alchemy)
    Cons
  • Chrome tracks you. A lot.
  • If customization is your thing, go with firefox. No "about:config" page in Chrome.
  • If you use a lot of NPAPI plugins, Either find a PPAPI version or go somewhere else.
    Final Opinion:
    Overall, chrome is more polished, faster & secure than Firefox/Opera/Safari/IE/Edge.
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If you're concerned with your privacy, I'd recommend another browser.

about Google Chrome · · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful

As many on here have mentioned, the main issue with Chrome is your Privacy. Google makes money off your personal data, such as browsing history, searches typed etc. I, like many people are not that keen on a private advertising company such as Google making money from our personal data and habits.

Personally I'd recommend Firefox or one based off it like Pale Moon.

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I was a die-hard Chrome fan for quite a few years, but recently I've mostly switched over to the un-hyped browser Waterfox. For some reason, I've never really liked Firefox much but I really just mesh well with the style of Waterfox - if you're looking for a browser that can match or even surpass Google Chrome in quality and style, check out Waterfox and see how you like it.

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about Google Chrome · · Helpful Not helpful

Support all web pages and easy access to all my google services and preferences.

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Writing from Google Chrome 55

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Meh, i dont care google is spying me, i just want a browser.

So if you don't care about spying. Can you allow me to check your bookmarks, life, privacy and such ? I'm not Google but if you don't care I would like to spy all your life.
It will be same. Don't say you don't care about it and be careful about what can leak about you.

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The best browser so far

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I already tried Opera, Vivaldi and Firefox. None of them are so good as Chrome. Chrome is light, fast and it simply works. And it is the most secure one. I recomed Chrome for everyone.

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Meh

about Google Chrome and Google Drive, Mozilla Firefox, Gmail · · Helpful Not helpful

I have a lot of issues with Chrome, for instance as has been already mentioned, your data is mined and your web activities tracked. It also sorely lacks the customization features of a browser like Mozilla Firefox. I will say that it's performance is decent (not great as it lacks said customization options found in Firefox) and it has the various apps that it interacts well with. Which may sound obvious but it's a nice touch.

All in all I'd recommend if you already use Google apps like Google Drive and Gmail.

No need to use either. For Google Drive a good replacement is Syncwerk, esp. if you use it with Cryptomator. The best, pound-for-pound Gmail replacement is Fastmail, although if you don't need a calendar or disposable addresses, go with Protonmail. Mailbox.org are also a good option. People should really take their privacy much more seriously than they do. These are some suggestions to make that easier.

Why can't we mark the replies as helpful? Thanks, JohnFastman!

Thanks JohnFastman. I can also recommend you Brave to replace Chrome, like I said above. If you really want a cloud service for a common use I can recommend you the french cloud service of OVH : Hubic

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like it

about Google Chrome · · Helpful Not helpful

It really works for me, i use it 95% of the time and works great.

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Could the browser be better?

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I work with this browser for about 5 years. The speed, different tools for user comfort - everything was done to be the best.
Any other browsers loose comparing to chrome!

Try Vivaldi or Brave :) There is some now

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One of the best web browsers.

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Google Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there. It has integrated flash & PDF viewer.

Pros ->

  • Has built-in flash & PDF viewer
  • Doesn't take up much of the website so you can view as much web content as possible
  • Allows you to use up-to-date flash on Linux
    Cons ->
  • Chrome tracks you. A lot.
  • Chrome can't run NPAPI plugins (e.g. Unity)
  • Promotes Google services all the time.
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Chrome is Da Best

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Nothing will ever replace Chrome. Ever....

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about Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Safari · · Helpful Not helpful

Scary that Google tracks and stores every single thing you read, click, and write to target YOU with better adverts. Even more scary is the snowden revelations that the USA government has access to all of that information too. Much prefer a browser like Firefox and Safari, which author doesn't track and store everything I do. Personally, I like Safari.

Safari may track you, as it is closed source and Apple does not share the source code.

Unless you audit the source code. It is safe to say that maybe FLOSS browsers Seamonkey, Firefox, etc, do not track you.

[Edited by mzs_47, September 23]
Grammar correction.

Google Chrome isn't FLOSS though... Chromium is, but Google Chrome isn't — google are also slowly moving more and more from the FOSS Chromium over to the Closed Google Chrome eco-system, as they are doing the same with FOSS Android vs Closed Google Apps — http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/

Unfortunately, Google's business model is to earn money through advertising by collecting information on us, which entails offering free software in exchange for information — https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/a-different-way-to-see-google-303df2011df0 — Apple's business model is to earn money on hardware and software, they have no financial incentive to be malicious with our information. Firefox is unfortunately in the middle, they have biddings on who get to be the default search engine.

I did not mention Chrome as FLOSS, and we think Apple does collect information about you. It may not use that for financial gains, but will share with Not So-secret Agency(NSA), with a tailored gag order in place Apple cannot disclose this information and we remain oblivious.
It has to follow the law of the land, other tech giants did this.
We know this thanks to Snowden leaks.

Finally we have FLOSS alternatives to replace and ensure some privacy.

http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-automatically-collects-safari-searches-user-location-os-x-yosemite-1708185

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/what-apple-does-and-doesnt-know-about-you

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-apple-iphones-allow-extraction-of-deep-personal-data-researcher-finds-2014-25?IR=T

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2014/10/20/apples-mac-computers-can-automatically-collect-your-location-information/

Big Brother watch at you! )))
Don't be scary. Your internet history and information is all in the net. In any browser, with any name.

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