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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by MoodyBlues, May 27, 2020.

  1. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    There's a huge vulnerability in Chromium-based browsers--which include not just the obvious Chrome, but Opera, Edge, and most other browsers: Google Just Gave Millions Of Users A Reason To Quit Chrome

    Mozilla, the folks behind my default [computer] browser, SeaMonkey, provides a safe alternative, the venerable Firefox.

    What do you think? If you're dumping Chrome, what will you use?

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    well at least they are working on the issue. i'm not sure if i will switch or not. i have tried firefox on my pc, but never used it in android.
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  3. Trom

    Trom Android Enthusiast

    Unfortunately, Mozilla decided to jump neck deep into the political arena years back when they forced out their ceo for political donations he'd made that didn't conform to the group-think of the employees, who felt compelled to make announcements of their tolerance while not tolerating or respecting the opinion of others. More recently, they felt compelled to ban a plug in, "Dissenter", as did Chrome due to the intolerant political position that they have made synonymous with their company.
  4. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    @MoodyBlues, I've had Firefox installed on my devices for a while now but only very occasionally used it, but I think I will put Chrome on the back burner for a while and make Firefox my go-to browser, and see how it goes.

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  5. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    I use Brave Browser. It's based on Chrome, but it's very much geared toward privacy and blocking ads & trackers. In fact: since installing Brave, it has blocked over a quarter million ads and trackers. Since it's built on the Chrome framework, most of the Chrome extensions work. Does it have Chrome's memory management vulnerabilities? Yes - but that doesn't mean they will be exploited. Between Brave's aggressive blocking techniques and my VPN, I feel quite secure in using it.
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  6. Trom

    Trom Android Enthusiast

    Actually, to be more specific, both Brave and Chrome are built using Chromium, which is not Google.
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  7. The_Chief

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    As is Edge Beta... okay, I stand corrected
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  8. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I dumped Chrome years ago, both on mobile and computer When it started lagging because it couldn't ping and phone home to Google's servers. Chromium(Open Source) on the other hand, that seems to be no problem.
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  9. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    Whats the difference Google data mining or hackers sacaminig? LOL Just kidding hahahegw :)
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  10. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    How can I import my Google Chrome bookmarks into Brave browser?
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  11. MoodyBlues

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    You're aware that Brave is one of the affected browsers, right? :thinking:

    As for importing Chrome's bookmarks, that should be easy. When exported, they're saved as 'bookmarks.html'--a pretty common way of storing them. Brave should be able to import from that file.
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  12. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Tried it a few times on the comp, but something went horribly wrong with it.

    I have Ghostery, Privacy Bagger, and Ublock orgin installed on my chrome, with that in mind, I still need to always clean it before heading to bed though, but nothing against Brave either, just find it really funny in that way...
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  13. The_Chief

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    I tried Ghostery and I guess it did a little more than Brave does on its own - until it kept bugging me with little pop-ups to upgrade. NO THANK YOU! I removed it.

    It's a shame that, though I've suggested it multiple times, Android Forums hasn't become verified with Brave to receive tips via BAT (Brave Ad Tokens). I have a good bit of money stored up, as I turned off automatic tipping; I'll tip the sites that have value to me, thank you very much.
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  14. Trom

    Trom Android Enthusiast

    There are a few reasons I use brave:

    It's open source, and there are literally several updates a week as chromium progresses and also potential problems are addressed. (the hit piece on chrome looked more like an ad for fitefox)

    It supports the Dissenter plug in

    It has Tor built in.
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  15. Deleted User

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    I am sick to death of chasing a constantly loading Chrome page on my phone, hoping my finger lands on the right spot before it moves, and now most times I miss. It was like this in the past but improved.

    I noted @Hadron 's post elsewhere recently about why (advertisers now allowed.. something) , but WHY? Google. We're not going to chase a screen all day (although I do)

    I'm going to try one or two unknown browsers mentioned here, but it's inconvenient.

    I use mainly Edge and Chrome on my pc and Edge is now going white for a couple of seconds and always refreshing. Maybe it's my equipment.

    I also use Firefox and Opera on my pc for designated websites. I dislike Firefox for the layout but mostly because it makes you wait until it uploads the next new and exciting feature. Opera on pc I'm not a fan of either. It may be my pc or dl speeds.

    I'm going to try Edge on Android more, and one or two browsers mentioned here.

    Right now I cannot navigate these forums on Chrome as it keeps adding larger adverts and links of stuff I've looked at.

    Will there come a time when a Web page knows what it's going to load and layout before drawing it on the screen, rather than shift stuff around as you look at it.

    I'm going to rejoin a library when they reopen.

    Thanks for the info here. :)

    Google, seriously, do you want people to use Chrome or just to load a page to enjoy the constantly shifting adverts. :mad:
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  16. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    I disabled Chrome earlier today and am currently using just Firefox.
    I have had it as a back-up browser to Chrome for a few years but rarely used it. I'm liking it more the more I use it so I think this will be permanent, as much as 'permanent' tends to be these days!!

    It does seem slightly faster and more stable than Chrome and looking back over the last few months I'm thinking I was slowly getting a bit pi**ed off with Chrome but couldn't really put my finger on anything in particular.

    So I'm going to give Firefox a good bashing and see how it goes.

    One of the best browsers I've ever used was HTC's own 'lnternet', but they withdrew support for it a number of years ago, so updates stopped which put security in question.

    #16 tommo47, May 28, 2020
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  17. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    I am testing out torch, that is an older version off chrome, with a handy downloader build in, I am testing Brave, the font is really odd when reading everything, So is there a way how to make the font ontop of the tabs a bit more clearer?
  18. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    I am getting rid of Brave because of the font settings is not clear like it is on my chrome though, thanks for the heads up whomever did mentioned it . Everyone has their favorite toy for web browsing, I am sticking with chrome because of just of the font settings are more clear, and I honest to Droids everywhere, have forgotten how I stumbled across on getting the settings right when typing on here.
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  19. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    Firefox here, occasionally Chromium or Vivaldi, I'm quite getting to like Vivaldi.
  20. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    I just downloaded Vivaldi :) IT seem pretty on the outside...
  21. cwcheese

    cwcheese Member

    This new finding about C/C++ memory leaks is not news to the boomer contingent, who learned very clearly that C/C++ code needed to be rigourously reviewed and tested, and maintained so as to catch and plug memory leaks. sure, it wasn't as agile in those days but we didn't just throw crap on the wall every day just to see what broke at the expense of production users.
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  22. Trom

    Trom Android Enthusiast

    Exactly. As I pointed out in a comment above, the hit piece on Chrome looked more like an ad for Firefox. The story didn't point out any specific flaw, only that chromium is written in [gasp] C/C++. Next thing you know, some kid is going to write a piece of code without any audits. Some of us in the old Fidonet world were writing our own libraries. C/C++ are considered low level languages for a reason, they're not going to make assumptions, the author must tell them exactly what to do.
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  23. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    And it makes your brain hurt when there are variables used to populate array entries, each with multiple pointers to dereference.
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  24. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    After a couple of days using just Firefox I have to say I am impressed and good-bye to Chrome.

  25. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    I've been using Firefox instead of Chrome for the last week or so with no problems, until this morning. When I tried to log in, a banner
    appeared saying cookies must be accepted to allow the login to proceed but there was no means of accepting cookies on the screen. Anybody else experiencing this?

    This was with my Lenovo tablet, it doesn't happen on my Pixel 3a.

    As a matter of interest I have tried with Chrome and the cookie banner did not appear and the login was okay, weird or what?

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