In a random act of journalism, The Washington Post ran a piece on how Chrome has ‘become’ the new surveillance software of choice. I contend it never wasn’t, but that’s neither here nor there. When a mainstream outlet is conveying this…well, consider it old news made new news to be consumed by Joe and Joan Normie.
But what’s the purpose behind all this? Most claim advertising and Occam’s Razor would suggest the same, with the article stating:
That’s most visible in the fight over cookies. These code snippets can do some helpful things, like remembering the contents of your shopping cart. But now many cookies belong to data companies, which use them to tag your browser so they can follow your path like crumbs in the proverbial forest.
That said, those ‘snippets’ are outside of your control and may contain lots more data beyond what you might realize, including multiple exploits of your devices. But furthermore, why does anyone have a right to spy on you in the first place?
In an era where the power placed in the hands of Google at a minimum supplements government entities tasked with domestic surveillance, those deemed public enemies become prime targets at a minimum and even plan on swaying an election. Given the ostensible leftist bias and deplatforming which will no doubt continue, you should take every chance at protection possible. Either way, the State intends to use these tools, inch by inch, to create a social credit system not unlike that of China.
The article suggests Firefox as an alternative, and at a basic level, they’re ok. Just make sure to disable the google plugin in the searchbar- Duck Duck Go is a good option. If you’re working mobile, check out Orbot for Android (which is an offshoot of TOR) and SnowHaze for IOS. And with everything, use a VPN.