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Chrome Crisis: Indexes Bank Accounts?

Gordon Kelly


Chrome Crisis: Indexes Bank Accounts?

Every silver lining has a cloud...?

Just one day after Google Chrome - the company's first web browser - stunned us all by allegedly taking 1% of the browser market in 48 hours it seems things might not be so rosy as tgdaily is reporting it will index anything that moves, including your bank accounts!

To quote the site:

"To see all of this in action, just open up Chrome and log in to your favorite (sic) financial website. Like most important sites, it should be protected with HTTPS/SSL encryption and that should be evident in the address bar of the browser. Do the stuff you would normally do like look at your balances and gawk at your latest transactions and then open up a new tab in Chrome by clicking the “+” symbol. In the right-hand history search box, enter a few keywords and see what they get you. Surprised? I bet you are. No luck? Then try something simple like oh Visa, Mastercard, balance and account. Also try out the names and abbreviations of months like September, Sept and Sep."

The problem is the browser is indexing https (secure http) sites automatically, a really clumsy and potentially dangerous oversight and according to the TG everything from your transaction history, to balance details and even bank account numbers can pop up for anyone who happens to be using your computer. In fact, as TG mentions - depending on how much you trust Google - it could even be gathered in by the Mountain View company itself.

Of course clearing the Chrome cache or even using porn 'incognito mode' will eliminate this problem entirely, but who will know they have to do this in the first place? It's a big slip-up and one which shouldn't have made it out to a public browser, good, bad, beta or not.

Looks like the honeymoon period is already over Google. We have been impressed, but the next version is already urgent...


via tgdaily


September 5, 2008, 12:30 pm

"Don't be evil" has turned into "We'll store everything anyone ever does, and tell you if YOU'RE evil or not".

You can make it as shiney as you want Google, it isn't going on my PC. And as for that EULA...


September 5, 2008, 1:35 pm

Im more than happy with Firefox, I don't need another browser, especially one that records what you do..that's well dodgy!


September 5, 2008, 2:04 pm

I don't understand how the spelling of the word "favorite" could be considered a spelling mistake; as per the inclusion of the word "(sic)" after it. Surely whoever quoted the article realises that there are differences between the US spelling and the UK spelling of some English words.

Matt G Baish

September 5, 2008, 3:42 pm

"{sic}&#8212to indicate that an incorrect or *unusual* spelling" (from wikipedia, less the asterisks :))

This being a UK site then I assume this was added to make sure a load of pedants don't start complaining about tpyos (sic)


September 5, 2008, 3:50 pm

@Rsaeire - for clarity. Helps readers remember we aren't a US site (which happens a lot!)


September 5, 2008, 4:09 pm

Readers remember we aren't US site a lot? Why remind them, then?

(Clarity pedant at your service!)


September 5, 2008, 4:26 pm

I find this oversight mildly hilarious!


September 5, 2008, 5:36 pm



September 5, 2008, 5:53 pm

@Gordon - I find it odd that people are confused and think the site is a US site. The pricing is nearly always in sterling (&#163) in the news and review sections and even the ads on the site. I guess there will always be some!

@Matt G Baish - I thought I'd just point the whole "(sic)" issue out as I was curious as to why it was used. I am also aware of why and when it is normally used, but as we now know that it was used due to users confusion, my initial post is now clear.


September 5, 2008, 6:42 pm

Anyone who uses the just released first beta of a new browser to do their banking is asking for trouble in the first place.


September 6, 2008, 1:18 am

there is one good thing about Chrome...

it's nice and quick to uninstall

the coverage about market share is ridiculous - just because a lot of people have downloaded it to take a look (as I did) in no way means it is set to become their main browser


September 7, 2008, 3:21 am

"Anyone who uses the just released first beta of a new browser to do their banking is asking for trouble in the first place."

I'll second that notion!

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