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New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option 181

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billandad writes "Anyone would think the timing was deliberate; just as Microsoft is forced into giving users the option to switch from IE via the browser ballot screen, so Google introduces a new Chrome beta with enhanced privacy features to chisel away at Microsoft's market share. '... you can control how browser cookies, images, JavaScript, plug-ins, and pop-ups are handled on a site-by-site basis. For example, you can set up cookie rules to allow cookies specifically only for sites that you trust, and block cookies from untrusted sites.' The new beta also adds language detection, and will prompt the user to translate a page if it's written in a foreign tongue."
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New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option

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  • by levell (538346) * on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @09:39AM (#31329640) Homepage

    And Opera 10.50 has just been released [pcworld.com] too, the first version of Opera with <Video> tag support.

    With Chrome, Safari and Firefox all evolving quickly, the future of the web is looking good. I just wish they would all support an open, royalty-free codec.

    • by buruonbrails (1247370) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @09:49AM (#31329768) Homepage
      Yep, the future of the web is looking good, except for IE that is lagging behind. I wonder, why MS wouldn't just get over it and discontinue the development of its monstrous browser. They've lost the browser war, why wouldn't they put their resources elsewhere?
      At least IE8 is better than its predecessors and IE9 looks even better, but still..
  • Choices (Score:4, Insightful)

    by eeg3 (785382) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @09:49AM (#31329750) Homepage
    I am glad to see Chrome coming along so well, it's nice having 5 legitimate choices to use (IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari). The competition is driving improvements, and it's the users that are benefiting. There are still some WebApps that I have to use IE or Firefox for, but now that Chrome has extensions (delicious bookmarks, IEtab, etc.) it has been my browser of choice.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      Coming along so well?

      They haven't even implemented simple things such as a bookmark manager or extensions on a Mac yet. It has a looong way to go.

      • Re:Choices (Score:4, Interesting)

        by cerberusss (660701) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @10:48AM (#31330526) Homepage Journal

        They haven't even implemented simple things such as a bookmark manager or extensions on a Mac yet. It has a looong way to go.

        Extensions work on the Mac beta version. I don't use bookmarks, so can't comment on that.

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Skip1952 (122013)
        Bookmark manager works on my Mac version 5.0.335.0 dev, so it's coming to a Chrome near you soon I would guess.
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by BrokenHalo (565198)
        I suspect bookmarks have become a thing of the past. I have one hell of a lot of them, but my typical resource these days is a Google enquiry. 99% of the time it gets me just what I need, and that's fine.

        Over the last 18 years or so I have taken some pains to maintain a logical and useful bookmarks file, but I've approached a limit. I can foresee a time in the not too distant future when I will stop bothering to manage or even keep bookmarks at all. The drawback to this is that Google has that much more
      • by dn15 (735502)

        They haven't even implemented simple things such as a bookmark manager or extensions on a Mac yet. It has a looong way to go.

        This once was true but not anymore. The current Mac version of Google Chrome does indeed support extensions and has the bookmark manager.

    • by fermion (181285)
      Certainly Google is going after the low hanging fruit that we know as MS. For those of us who use MS for serious work, as well as Apple for other serious work, it is unclear why any of this Google paraphernalia matters. I have looked at Chrome on the PC. On my machines I can't get java or flash to run reliably. As far as the Macs, Camino already has all this stuff plus Flash Control. I don't know why the Google folks are so afraid of Adobe that they won't include the same functionality.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    ..where some websites have allowed cookies that don't get deleted on browser exit [firefox]
    I have the clearing history enabled (for cookies and logins only), but every time not only the "untrusted cookies" are deleted, but also the "trusted" ones. Default rule is to store cookies until I close Firefox.

    I searched for extensions, but no luck.

    A whitelist based on some cookies criteria (regexp or such) would be the icing on the cake.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It seems no browser offers the functionality to wipe those out, and yet they can contain malicious code (there was a recent infection at the office).

    *praying for the demise of flash*

    • You can set the flash settings here [macromedia.com] for any browser.
      • by nospam007 (722110) *

        Having an HD display, I can't read anything in that settings thingie and it's not sizable either, just like lots of sites, IOW unusable.

        • You can also right-click on any flash-component and select "settings".
          • The settings you can see from right-click Flash object > Settings are hardware accel, master mic/camera disable, master local storage ("Flash cookies"), microphone selection and volume, and camera selection. Conspicuous by their absence are the panes under the rightmost tabs in the full settings manager: mic/camera disable per site and local storage per site. If you have a high DPI display, some of these settings are simply inaccessible.
      • You can set the flash settings here [macromedia.com] for any browser.

        I put my flash settings to paranoid mode using that thingy, and since then, even though I have reset the settings to the default values, re-installed flash, removed all flash-related files from my system, and basically did all I could to ensure a clean start, flash still works only partially in this browser (firefox on linux) because all the flash cookies are rejected. I would advise everyone to stay away from the adobe-provided settings and instead install the firefox betterprivacy plugin, setting it to d

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by maxwell demon (590494)

      It seems no browser offers the functionality to wipe those out, and yet they can contain malicious code (there was a recent infection at the office).

      You might be interested in the BetterPrivacy plugin [mozilla.org] for Firefox.

  • Privacy (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Mr_Silver (213637) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @10:20AM (#31330144)

    ... so Google introduces a new Chrome beta with enhanced privacy features to chisel away at Microsoft's market share.

    I'm guessing that the "enhanced privacy features" doesn't yet extend to being able to turn off the RLZ identifier [wikipedia.org]?

    (Good job we have SRWare Iron [srware.net] instead)

    • Re:Privacy (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Goaway (82658) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @10:59AM (#31330702) Homepage

      Iron was created by a person who's admitted that he's spreading FUD about Google just to drive traffic to his site so he can make money off his ads. Is that the kind of project you want to cheer for?

      • You protesting people who do the right thing for the wrong reasons? Do you cheer or protest people who do the wrong things for the right reason?

        Or are you so noble that you can only cheer for people who do the right things for the right reasons? If so, you must be awfully lonely sitting on top that ivory tower.

        Personally, I'd root the guy on to continue development of this product and change his reasoning later. Otherwise you'll end up with no development and another broke developer.

        I've never heard of Iron

        • by Goaway (82658)

          He refuses to submit bug reports or patches back to Chromium, because he is not interested in actually improving it, just in promoting his own fork. The Chromium devs are most definitely interested in fixing any possible privacy issues, and in fact Chromium does pretty much everything Iron does, without having to trust some shady guy on the internet.

      • The number of times you've posted about Iron in this thread makes me think you are the one spreading FUD.

    • Check out
      http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/chrome/google-chrome-privacy-whitepaper.pdf [google.com]

      It says
      "Promotional tags and tokens

      Installations of Google Chrome that are obtained from promotional campaigns send information regarding
      the effectiveness of the campaigns to Google. Installations of Google Chrome obtained by directly visiting
      www.google.com/chrome do not send this information.
      This information is required for compliance with contractual obligations where Google must accurately
      measure the effectiveness o

  • Once the new chrome beta offers true blocking support - where plugins can prevent undesired material from loading - then I'll give it another try. (If I can give up my "live bookmarks" in ff, that is.) Currently, plugins can prevent it from *displaying* - but the material still loads.
  • by odin84gk (1162545) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @10:31AM (#31330272)

    Security features are nice, but they aren't a selling point. I won't change browsers to prevent tracking cookies. I don't know that much about javascript, and I don't mind most of the ads that I see. Ad block plus has been doing just fine with the pop-ups, and I don't care about those other things.

    Translating foreign pages? That is interesting. I run into a fair amount of Chinese datasheets.

    Just give me the web page as fast as possible, and keep my videos as smooth as possible. After that, I don't really care.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by maxwell demon (590494)

      Security features are nice, but they aren't a selling point.

      They may not be a selling point for you, but they are for some other people. You wouldn't want the content of your bank account transparently transferred to some criminal's bank account by some malicious JavaScript running due to an XSS attack on your bank's web site. Just to give an example what JavaScript can do.

      • by odin84gk (1162545)

        I have gotten 2 separate messages from two different banks/credit card agencies saying they have had a security breach and my information may have been stolen. I simply don't believe that there is anything that I can do to protect myself from this kind of theft, so I just assume that I will get robbed at some point.

        No matter what I do, I have a high risk of being screwed by some company that is storing my information, or some disgruntled employee grabbing my information from an apartment/car/internet/cell p

  • The main reason I use Chrome is because of the excellent interface. When maximized, the tabs push right against the screen edge. I've not seen any app that makes such efficient usage of screen real estate. I've tried to configure FireFox, using TinyMenu to reduce the amount of white space. But it's still not as efficient.

    • But doesn't firefox offer "F11", which is essentially full screen, hiding everything but the browser window? Move your mouse to the top of the screen and controls become visible. Move the mouse away, you have the full browser window.

      Again, not having used Chrome (on Linux), maybe I'm misunderstanding.

      • It's not just when maximized. The general Chrome interface is very compact, having the menu bar done away with. When using Firefox, I install the Classic Compact [mozilla.org] extension, which is an improvement. But designwise, it doesn't look as polished as the default Chrome or Firefox theme.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      The main reason I use Chrome is because of the excellent interface. When maximized, the tabs push right against the screen edge. I've not seen any app that makes such efficient usage of screen real estate. I've tried to configure FireFox, using TinyMenu to reduce the amount of white space. But it's still not as efficient.

      Chrome had set a new trend for browser UIs. For example, the just-released Opera 10.50, out of the box, largely copies Chrome UI [techtree.com] in default configuration, complete with tabs-in-title-bar. I suspect Firefox will follow suit eventually.

  • Since everyone seems to be listing off what they think Chrome should and should not be doing for new features, here's my list:

    Add an option to make it look like every other window i've got. Maybe some people like the round-cornered title bar-less window, but i find it annoying. Not only is it aesthetically annoying to have it so different from everything else, but i often have trouble finding it amidst all the other windows i've got open because i mentally locate everything by the title bar. I often have
    • by Ant P. (974313)

      You're complaining about Chrome having an inconsistent UI? On a Microsoft [newgnu.net] OS?

      • by Daetrin (576516)
        You're complaining about Chrome having an inconsistent UI? On a Microsoft OS?

        Uh, yes. I am. I'm using XP and Chrome is the only program i have open right now or that i use on a regular basis that doesn't have a perfectly rectangular window with a title bar.

        Did you have any other questions?
  • Now if Google Chrome would just either add the functionality of Google's own toolbar's bookmarks I would switch to it full time.
  • Updates (Score:3, Informative)

    by gambit3 (463693) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @11:55AM (#31331440) Homepage Journal

    Does it also allow for control over Auto Updates? [robmensching.com]

  • I'd rather that they work on some fundamental usability issues - like returning to the same point in a long page when you perform a back action.

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