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DaveRo BS: Google outage - call me a luddite (22) RE: BS: Google outage - call me a luddite 15 Dec 20


The Google problem was with their login server. If you weren't logged in already you couldn't access their service. Shows the risks of centralised login service where you use one authentication service for diverse websites or services.

Pale Moon is a reasonable choice, especially if you want to run addons and plugins which will no longer run in Firefox. It has a properly constituted and open project behind it: https://www.palemoon.org/

I find it hard to work out what exactly flashpeak/slimjet browsers are. Flashpeak's website is hardly maintained; it mentions SlimBrowser, which it says is based on Trident (i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer) but elsewhere on the site it says it's based on Gecko 79 (i.e. the latest Firefox engine.) Is this company a one-man band if it can't keep its website up to date?

SlimJet seems to be newer and based on Chromium (i.e. the open-source, but Google-specified, basis of Chrome). Their website is superficially flashy, but if you dig down there's little substance. The comparison chart is misleading - Firefox hasn't been single-process since version 58 (2017, when they dropped less-secure XUL addons). It looks to me like Chromium with some addons. I found one review (here) which says "It spies on you" but I don't know if that's true.

If I wanted a chromium-based browser that didn't track me or show adverts I'd use chromium - and add my own ad blocker and anti tracker - ublock origin and/or ghostery.

The Solarwinds/Orion hack is a biggie! Inserting malware into updates of legitimate software has been done before, but never to a security product used by so many government departments and major corporations. (As far as we know.) Avoid software with a majority market share - too tempting a target for hackers. Like Chrome?


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