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Privacy Buffs Scoff at EULA Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 09:15

Accept and Install(SURFCHROME.COM) - You may have already signed your life away to Google.  If you're like me and 90% of all other surfers, you've accepted the End User License Agreement (EULA) and clicked the check box to continue with the installation.  The EULA has a few sentences that are cause for concern for privacy advocates.  Namely, any participation you make or content that you produce using the Google Chrome Browser gives Google a license to use such material for their own purposes including making it available to third parties.  This may be cause for concern for online bloggers or forum participants where content is updated and written online.  Please read and make sure you understand the following paragraphs before participating in online forums and blogs via the Google Chrome Browser.

11. Content license from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.

11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.

Google Chrome Carpet Bombing Vulnerability Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 07:15
Google Chrome Exploit(SURFCHROME.COM) - Early adopters of the Google Chrome Browser have reported files automatically downloaded to their desktop allowing for exploits of the new browser.

With less than 24 hours of release, ZDnet reports of a carpet bombing vulnerability that subjects those on Microsoft Windows to hacker attacks.  Researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine a java exploit and a flaw in Apple Safari to mislead surfers into launching executables from the Google Chrome Browser.  Raff demonstrated that an attacker can lure an individual into downloading and executing a JAR (Java Archive) file without warning.  A malicious hacker could use social engineering techniques requiring only two mouse clicks to cache malware on a Windows desktop.  

The Google Chrome user-agent reveals that Chrome uses WebKit 525.13 (Safari 3.1) which was patched by Apple in v3.1.2 as a solution to the carpet bombing exploit.  
Incognito Window (aka P0rn Mode) Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 19:29

Incognito Window Mode(SURFCHROME.COM) - In my early hours of installation and surfing the various forums, I saw reference online to an "Incognito Mode" which is the "Incognito Window" feature available from the page icon at the top right corner.  Many are already referring to it as Porn Mode.  Google Chrome has an Incognito mode where pages and files downloaded will not be logged or cached (saved) in your browsing and download history. All cookies, graphics, and history will be erased once the Incognito Window is closed. 

Think of incognito as a "privacy mode" to prevent tracking from those local and also by websites sharing data about you. Since the advent of browsing the web in the 90's, parents have been slapping their kids around for their surfing habits.  Spouses have been busting each other and using computer data in court cases for custody battle.  Incognito mode throws a wrench into the whole spy game by hiding your tracks.

This is probably the most revolutionary feature to be built into current browsers since pop-up blockers.  We say current browsers because  Microsoft has been testing a similar feature in Internet Explorer v8 (Beta 2) called "In Private" mode which also does not save browsing, search history, cookies, form data or passwords with automatic clearing of browser cache. 

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Installing the Google Chrome Browser Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 13:23

Google Chrome Browser Install

(SURFCHROME.COM) - Installing the Google Chrome Browser in most cases will be a breeze.  The only complications will be those with personal firewalls installed such as Zone Alarm or Norton Security. Here are the following steps to complete an install.

1. Navigate to

2. Click Download Google Chrome

3. After reading through the Terms of Service (does anybody really read it), click the "Accept and Install" button.  It's optional to mark the check box.

4. You will get the prompt inquiring whether you want to run or save the file.  The file is relatively small so go ahead and select Run.

5.  After downloading, you'll be prompted if you want to run the software.  Select Run.

If you have Zone Alarm or any other security software like Norton Security, disable it or allow if prompted.

The dialog box will show that it's Initializing.

Expect another Security Alert from ZoneAlarm.

6. The downloading google chrome dialog box will show progress.

Soon, it will change to installing chrome.

7. Welcome to Google Chrome.  You have the option to "Customize these settings" which by default includes importing bookmarks, passwords and other settings.

If you click  Customize these settings then another dialog box appears.

A quick dialog box will appear showing the import of settings.

8.   If you have a Security Program like ZoneAlarm, you may need to allow Google Chrome access to the Internet.

9.  Google Chrome will open for the first time.

Google Releases Chrome at Noon! Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 12:22

Google Chrome Browser Initial Release (SURFCHROME.COM) - Google Chrome (BETA) for Windows has just been released around 12:20 PM Pacific Standard Time.  Go visit:


Early Google Browser (Alpha) Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 12:19
google browser alpha(SURFCHROME.COM) - Early versions of the Google Chrome Browser are making its way across the net.  We know Google likes to keep their designs simple but this looks like something out of the old DOS command prompt days.
Awaiting Tuesday Release Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 11:13
(SURFCHROME.COM) - The most common question I'm finding is "where do you download Google Chrome?"  It's almost noon on the West Coast here in California and there is yet to be a link to download the product.  As we wait, many webmasters are hoping for Chrome will comply with web standards so their sites are formatted as intended.  Others are saying they are totally satisfied with Firefox or Opera.  Some are holding hands chanting the End Is Near and Google's monopoly on the Web is just around the corner. 
Ready for Google Chrome Browser? Print E-mail
Written by chi   
Monday, 01 September 2008 21:53
(SURFCHROME.COM) - It was the Labor Day Holiday in the United States and I was browsing Yahoo Answers when someone asked "Are You Ready for Google Browser?"  As a webmaster, how could I miss a web browser announcement on such a huge scale?  Why did I have to learn of it from Yahoo answers?  I didn't hear about it in any tech releases anywhere on the Net.  I was flabbergasted yet there was also a sense of excitement as I rushed over to the Digital Point forums like a little boy finding a new toy trying to post the first announcement.  It was too late and I made my first post on the 3rd page saying I'd also be downloading it.  Apparently, the original post was made 3:24 PM in the afternoon that day.  

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