Shh! Your Computer Might Be Listening


Google is listening

If you have Google Chromium, silence is golden. The scary company taking over the Internet world has installed a listening device without your permission via Chromium and if they want to, they can listen in on conversations held in front of the computer.

They’re ahead of their times since smart appliances will soon be doing that too.

Open source developers discovered that the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

It goes along with “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it

Some users are complaining this was installed without users okaying it. Where this information is going or could go, no one knows. They certainly could send it to third parties.

It’s been “stealth configured”, Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder said.

We mustn’t forget that google works closely with the NSA. I don’t want to sound paranoid or conspiratorial here but I don’t like it.

Google admitted to it and excused it by saying it’s only activated by activating hot wording. The fact that it’s downloaded stealthily on startup and can only be deactivated by default is not okay!

Why is there an opt-out, why not an opt-in? Sounds kind of deliberate. These creators are geniuses and all.

Google then said, well Chromium is not a google product and we don’t directly distribute it. It’s not their fault.

That’s America today, it’s never anyone’s fault, but you will be relieved to know that even though they can listen in, they’re not at all. A google spokesperson said Wednesday, “We’re sure you’ll be relieved to learn we’re not listening to your conversations – nor do we want to. We’re simply giving Chrome users the ability to search hands free at their computers by saying “OK Google” while on the Google homepage – and only if they choose to opt in to the feature.”

Oh, I’m so relieved.



  1. Back to Firefox I guess..maybe start looking at some less known browsers. About a year ago I ditched Windows for Linux.

    BTW, On twitter yesterday. Jester used a novel way to stop an attack on his website.. He redirected his DNS to an IP belonging to Israeli Intelligence. Then he announced, what he’d done on twitter, telling whoever was attacking his site, they were no longer hitting his server, they were attacking Mossad’s server instead. The attack stopped.

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