Posts Tagged ‘google’

Chrome 52 Blocks Backspace Back Navigation

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The official explanation is that very few people were using backspace navigation, but it does sound like Google might have eliminated it because it was easier (and cheaper,) than adding measures to warn users when they were about to leave a page and lose form data.

Google implemented a change in Chrome 52 that blocks the back navigation functionality of the backspace key on the keyboard. Chrome users were able to use backspace on any page to navigate to the previous page in history with a tap on the button. That feature is no longer available with the release of Chrome 52. According to Google, it is all for the user — again — as it prevents the loss of form data when hitting the backspace key accidentally.

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Make any Search Engine the Default on Windows 10

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Apparently, the procedure for selecting the default search engine has changed slightly in Windows 10.

The following guide describes how you can make any search engine the default when you are running searches on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. If you have used Windows 10 before you know that search is powered by Cortana in the operating system, and that Microsoft has added web search to desktop search which returns web results or suggestions depending on the query.

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Pocket to Show Sponsored Content to Free Users

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Previously, I’d been having a hard time understanding what benefits Pocket provides, beyond the function of a traditional bookmark. But now I get it; Pocket provides a way to monetize the functions provided by a bookmark.

Pocket is a popular “read it later” service that has a strong connection with Mozilla and the Firefox web browser but is available for Google Chrome based browsers, mobile applications and a web-based service as well. The service is free to use but premium accounts are available for $44.99 per year which add more functionality to the service such as backups of all saved articles and web pages, full text search, and advanced search operators.

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Deceptive Site Ahead – Google to Warn about Fake Buttons

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Google used to do something similar to this on their search results pages … I wonder why they stopped?

Google announced yesterday an addition to the company’s Safe Browsing technology (Deceptive Site Ahead) that will flag sites with deceptive buttons to users of the company’s Chrome web browser and in other programs that make use of Safe Browsing. Deceptive buttons, either in the form of advertisement displayed on a page or embedded directly on a page by the owner of the site, come in many forms.

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Project Eraser – Reduce Google Chrome Complexity

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Both Google and Mozilla have been busy reducing the complexity of their browsers lately. I wonder if this is partially a reaction to Microsoft’s Edge browser?

Google back in mid-2015 announced the start of Project Eraser, an initiative to make the Google Chrome browser less complex by removing obsolete or rarely used features. The project has not been reported wildly on in the news which is somewhat surprising. The company began inspection of code and features in Chrome 43 to find opportunities to remove code from Chrome to keep it simple and maintainable.

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How Safe are Security Products? First AVG, now TrendMicro with Major Flaws

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Given the two recent, major snafus mentioned in the headline, this is definitely a valid question.

Google researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered a major flaw in the password manager component of TrendMicro Antivirus for Windows recently that had several major security issues that would, among other things, allow websites to run arbitrary commands, expose all stored passwords, or run a “secure browser” that is not secure at all. It seems that Google is currently investigating security products on Windows, and there especially those that interact with the Chrome web browser or Chromium in one way or the other.

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Google Chrome May Leak Incognito Mode Data

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

I wish I could say that I was surprised to read this, but …

Private Browsing is a relatively new feature of most modern web browsers that serves two main purposes: using a separate browsing session while using the browser, and deleting local information when the separate session is terminated by the user. Basically, it is an attempt to delete information about a browsing session so that users with access to the system don’t know what a user did while using private browsing mode and to prevent the information of that session to be included with regular browsing data (e.g. suggestions when users type in the address bar).

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Chrome’s “Clear Browsing Data” to Display Details about Deleted Data

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

This feature doesn’t do much as far as protecting your privacy, but it does provide an interesting look at the types of files that your browser stores on your PC.

Google Chrome’s “clear browsing data” dialog will soon become more useful as Google has started to add information about items that get deleted by it to it. Most web browsers ship with options to delete browsing data directly from within the browser. What they all fail to reveal however is what gets removed when you use the feature. The main issue with that approach is that you may not clear a single item depending on what you are selecting which in turn means that the selected action has no impact on the browser or local storage.

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Gmail Search to Inform You about Matches in Spam

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Whenever I’m trying to find a missing email, the Spam folder is usually the first place I look.

Google is rolling out a feature currently to Gmail on the web that changes how search works on the service. To sum it up, search takes into account matches found in spam on Gmail which it did not before. Previously, search only took into account all regular folders such as inbox or user defined folders as well as the trash when you ran a search on Gmail.

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When Sharing Google Links, Make Sure you Check the URL for Leaks First

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

It turns out that those long-tail format URLs can leak information about your browser and searching habits …

Have you ever shared links to Google Search results before? If you have, you may have noticed that the url pointing to the search results page contains several other parameters besides the search string. While the search string is a given, since it indicates the page you want to share, all remaining parameters are not. In fact, none of the parameters is required to open the page.

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