Tech majors like Google have always had a gluttonous craving for the data of users, and owing to that, many developers and general users alike have wanted to leave its products. According to many reports and claims by various developers and hackers, the Chrome browser by Google has been, quietly installing software in the computer systems which not only send data back to the company but also eavesdrop and listen to people in their rooms. Yes, right, these software have reportedly been accused of switching on microphones without letting the user know and record their voices.
Now, Eloston, a developer on GitHub, has made a product called the ‘Ungoogled Chromium’. One must be wondering, what’s new in creating something on an open source browser. The interesting thing here is that Eloston has removed Google’s attachment with the browser, with an aim to increase transparency, control and mainly privacy. This new browser is made for any user who wants to have a protected privacy and have no reason to share their data collected over the internet.
The best part is that the new open-source version of Google Chrome called Ungoogled Chromium, has the look and design of classic Chrome and also protects the privacy of the user by removing or disabling the built-in google services which are known to send data directly to Google. There are many features available on the browser which are the day to day need for every range of users. Just because the browser stops apps and extensions which send data to Google, doesn’t mean that the user doesn’t have an option. Users can install and uninstall whatever they like, but they will have to do everything manually. There will be nothing automatic. This may be cumbersome for a few but useful in the long run. The developers have released a video to explain what the browser does, and how would you use it.
When it comes to transactions, Chrome is the only browser that fully supports Universal Second Factor Authentication, and users can use bitcoin hardware wallets and hardware authenticators to log in and use websites. The browser at this moment is available on Windows, Mac OS, Linux Ubuntu, and Debian and as of now this appears to be a really good substitute fir the Chrome browser, with the only problem being the ability of updates and vulnerabilities.