I wasn't sure where to put this. It's not computer help because I don't need help here. It's not quite a rant, because I want to inform on this
issue as much as hear feedback from others on their experiences.
First, let me paint the picture. My set up here is 2-3 monitors, depending on what I am doing at a given time, plus a TV on the wall flipped 90
degrees and set to Portrait mode for display of status screens. At the moment. ATS trending is on that screen but it's just as often Drudge, Breaking
News or my own site's server/traffic status. The TV/wall screen is run from the same network but on a Laptop that is 90% dedicated to running that
display and whatever I have it showing at a given time.
^^ This is to explain how I have Google Chrome open on two monitors at the same time, yet totally and 100% removed from each other for installs or
files. They have NO contact except the LAN....which isn't open to drive sharing right now anyway and Google's main server login for the account.
Over the last couple weeks as I've been playing with my wall screen for figuring out how best to use it, I've been adding extensions and dropping
them as I test them out for refreshing tabs. I want whatever I have on the wall screen to be updating every few mins, automatically.
Hence.......playing with new things.
What this has allowed me to SEE...was cute at first, then disturbing. Now? I'm pissed. (
) When I update or even change status of an extension
installed on the desktop, I can look at my laptop/wall screen and see the icon appear/disappear on THAT chrome screen too. Recall...these are NOT
connected except by Google.
What I just had happen was 2 google crashes in a row. No 'sick block' guy..just -C R A S H- and desktop is all I see the next second. Like shooting
it dead. Now that in itself was a shock. I've never seen Chrome crash out that way before. What pisses me off? Guess where ELSE it crashed at the
same instant...BOTH times? Yup... My wall screen crashed too.
So... Lets think about that for a minute. My wall screen is on ONLY 1 thing. It's ATS Trending Pages on a 5 minute rotating refresh to the tab.
Nothing else. Nothing whatsoever. For extensions I have LastPass, Auto Refresh Plus and a well known 'Ad mitigation utility' ('nough said there).
Nothing more was functional when this happened.
Creepy is what creepy tracks
Now, take the above.....two browsers on two computers doing two radically different things at the moment they BOTH crash ...not once, but twice. I've
turned on another extension I downloaded because this got me to wondering....with a bit of a sick feeling actually... This other extension is a
Desktop/Start page helper for Chrome called "Incredible StartPage". What this little gizmo does is make my home page into a tabbed web page with
bookmarks, recently visited or favorites by visit number. Handy eh?? You can just see where you've been and click right on it without digging
bookmarks....Why, it's the best time saver since Tivo. Or... Wait... There's more.
That fancy, handy and helpful list of all my bookmarks....favorited places...and places most visited by time and click count? Well, it shows up on my
laptop too. SAME BOOKMARKS. SAME FAVORITES. SAME MOST VISITED.
To summarize and close this up, what I have found...if we didn't already know this...is that Google is tracking, recording and storing on their own
servers, every site you bookmark, how many times you ever visit your private bookmarks..and by name, how you have it listed in your bookmarks vs. the
Now I've been a bad bunny from time to time and been lazy. Trivial sites like greeting cards or non-subscription graphics stock sites..that sort of
thing..I've been known to write login/pass right IN the bookmark title. After all, short of a hacker, who else ever sees MY bookmarks!?
The answer, if you use Google? Anyone who cares to at Google and anyone who'll ever have a reason to learn about you..using what is now stored on
their servers. This seemed too important a discovery...confirmed discovery...to not share with everyone.
Personally? This discovery and the confirmation delivered in a way nothing else ever could by watching the two browsers crash a split second apart
across different machines has sealed it for me. Chrome isn't what I'll be using..or ever will use again. For anything. Period. I may find every
browser is peeking over our shoulder, server recording every thing we do and everywhere we do it....and if that's the case, I'll be a bunny without
a browser until I can WRITE MY OWN.
..until then, I'm off on a hunt for a browser that shows me the net, not shows ME to everyone ON it.
Hope this helps for anyone who may have wondered if this actually was happening. Anyone else have experiences to add? Helpful hints?