Control Your Privacy While Using Google Chrome
By on January 9th, 2009

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, identified as a browser with a minimalistic design while providing sophisticated technology "to make the web faster, safer, and easier" features incognito browsing; a stealth mode where you can browse from prying eyes leaving nothing behind; cookies, page history, and downloads. Everything is deleted when you exit.

With all of the features of incognito browsing why did Google create a unique ID for each browser downloaded? What does it do? It identifies you and according to Abelssoft, it isn’t easy to remove. That is until you use UnChrome.

What UnChrome does is remove the unique identification and replace it with a null value. Now it is possible to remove it manually without third party software. Google will put a new one back in there for you though and keep tracking you.

Now, if you are still weary about Google’s usage statistics policy then Iron may be another alternative for you. (Click the American flag at the top for English) The Iron Browser uses the Chromium source code which Google Chrome is based on.

What did they change with Iron?

  • No unique user-ID
  • No user-specific information is sent to Google
  • No Alternative error messages
  • Crash information is not sent to Google
  • No Google Updater

I wouldn’t mind sending my crash report data and getting Google updates for Chrome. For the other criteria that Iron block, I’ll take Iron over Chrome.

Right now I am sticking with UnChrome. If you’re worried about what the prying eyes of Google seeing what you bought your grandmother for Christmas then go with Iron, otherwise stick with UnChrome.

Now keep in mind this isn’t a hack. Google Chrome and the Chromium project source code is open source. It enables developers to do just this.

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    I don’t like the idea of being traced, and I do use Google Chrome. I never knew about this tracking ID until I read this post, so now I’m thinking about changing my browser back to Firefox. Before doing that though, I’ll give Iron a try.

 
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