Google Accelerates the web - but what about privacy?

Posted on Friday, May 06 2005 @ 17:11 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A few days ago Google launched the beta version Web Accelerator, a tool to speed up web browsing on broadband connections with catching and pre-fetching techniques.

But some users now report that the service caches more than desired. There are even reports of people who went to a forum and saw they were logged in as someone they don't know.
"Whenever your computer sends cookies with browsing or prefetching page requests for unencrypted sites, we temporarily cache these cookies in order to improve performance," the company wrote on its Web site.
There still seem to be some flaws in Google's Web Accelerator so be cautious with it. More details at ZDNet

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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