Google Chrome Hack : Enjoy the Chrome minus Google with Ungoogled Chromium
If you are a Google Chrome user, you will know that it is a browser which craves for data due to its link to Google. Tech majors always have a gluttonous craving for the data of users, and owing to that, many developers and general users alike have wanted to leave its products. Google is no different. One may argue that Google’s Chrome is fast but at the same time, it is a truth that the Chromium engine send a lot of data to Google servers back home.
It is also well-known that 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, Google’s Chrome have reportedly been accused of switching on microphones without letting the user know and record their voices.
Now you have a chance to break the shackles with the help of Google Chrome minus Google. Yes, Eloston, a developer on GitHub, has made a product called the ‘Ungoogled Chromium’.
What Eloston has done is stripped the Google Chrome to its bare minimum by removing all the Google pansies. Eloston has removed Google’s attachment with the browser, with an aim to increase transparency, control and mainly privacy. Eloston has aptly named his Google less browser as Ungoogled Chromium. He says that 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.
Below is the full list of “features” that makes ungoogled different compared to the public version of Chrome:
- Disable or remove offending services and features that communicate with Google or weaken privacy
- Strip binaries from the source tree, and use those provided by the system or build them from source
- Add, modify, or disable features that inhibit control and transparency (these changes are minor and do not have significant impacts on the general user experience)
Eloston has made his Ungoogled Chromium open source so developers around the world can improve it further. 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.
Like Chrome, the Ungoogled Chromium allows users to apply extension and plugins as they please. Just because the browser stops apps and extensions which send data to Google, doesn’t mean that the user doesn’t have an option. But unlike Chrome, where everything is done automatic, users can install and uninstall whatever they like, but they will have to do everything manually. This may be cumbersome for a few but useful in the long run.
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 for the Chrome browser, with the only problem being the ability of updates and vulnerabilities.