New Google Chrome Privacy Settings: Friend or Foe?

New Google Chrome Privacy Settings: Friend or Foe? on Freepps Top Blog

Google is again being massively criticized and investigated for user privacy. The global Internet search giant is planning to improve its user privacy protection by launching encrypted web addresses. However, lawmakers are concerned that in this case, user data will skip Google’s rivals and instantly land straight in Google’s not-so-gentle-and-unbiased hands. These privacy changes will be introduced in October.

No doubt, unencrypted domain names present a huge security risk for lots of Chrome users, contributing to intercepted web traffic, user info, including even sensitive financial details. Preventing hackers from causing harm by taking advantage of this privacy loophole is the right decision. 

But the trick is that in putting this step to practice there’s a risk that Google and its competition will be the ones to possess and control the encrypted system. According to the Wall Street Journal, Congressional antitrust investigators have recently initiated their own research on Google’s strategies in terms of user privacy. They will reveal their conclusions as soon as the investigation is finished. Stay with us if you want to read more news on this topic.

Is Google Trying to Become the Centralized Encrypted DNS Provider?

DNS (or the Internet's Domain Name System) has greatly contributed to the growth of WWW, that’s a fact. But the fact that it uses openly trafficked IP addresses often leads to users being profiled, intercepted, and taken advantage of. These days, not only what we do online can be encrypted, but also the system using which we find specific sites can be encrypted too. 

The mechanism of dodging local DNS nameservers and directing encrypted traffic to a central server instead is called DND over HTTPS (shortened to DoH). As for Google, it has assured that the company isn’t planning to become the central encrypted DNS provider. 

Mozilla Jumps on Privacy Bandwagon

Later on, competitor browser Mozilla decided to enable DoH by default, stating that the majority of their users needed better privacy protection. Of course, the DNS system of today is outdated, and DoH has certain advantages in terms of the user security and privacy boost. However, the issue raises further concerns, anticompetitive ones this time. Furthermore, it sabotages the ability of the non-US law enforcement people to block hazardous sites.

In other words, encrypted DNS name traffic is not the issue. The central framework of the whole system is the issue. Therefore, all the changes that are about to be introduced by Google should have been thoroughly documented and openly discussed in the first place. 

Cutting to the Chase: the Need for Openness

Cutting to the chase, the risk is that the new settings will become the only settings is rather high. People who have raised DoH concerns declare the need for an open discussion prior to heading in that direction. Google and Mozilla have firmly stated that users will fully remain protected and in control of their own data, and nothing will ever change here. Hopefully, that gives us an easy access to settings, as well as a solid choice of alternative options.

What are your thoughts on the new Google Chrome’s settings? From your perspective, are they a friend or a foe? Perhaps, you’ve already heard the news about Mozilla jumping on the same bandwagon? Don’t hesitate to scroll down to the comment section and share your opinion with us as soon as possible. Also, don’t forget to bookmark Freepps.top to always stay informed about the latest news in the technology world. In addition to all this, we post some really witty and useful game reviews on a regular basis. Bookmark us now without hesitation.

Daniel Wilson

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