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Let’s Talk Google Sandbox and Privacy


More and more web users are concerned with the amount of data websites are collecting. Online privacy seems more scarce as time goes by. 

David Temkin shared a study by  Pew Research Center on the Google Adsblog, stating “72% of people feel that almost all of what they do online is being tracked by advertisers, technology firms or other companies, and 81% say that the potential risks they face because of data collection outweigh the benefits”.

However, browser companies are working diligently to remove third party cookies. Firefox and Safari have already put that order into place, although no one seems to know how in depth they go with the removal. Google intended on moving in that direction earlier this year.

Back in August of 2019, Justin Schuh, the Director of Chrome Engineering wrote a blog post introducing their new privacy enhancing tool called Privacy Sandbox. But what is Privacy Sandbox? The Chrome Developer blog explains:

The Privacy Sandbox initiative proposes a set of privacy-preserving APIs to support business models that fund the open web in the absence of tracking mechanisms like third-party cookies. It was introduced in 2019, and Chrome shared updates on progress in January and October last year. 

Source: Chrome Developer Blog

Google will not be utilizing any alternative techniques for tracking, in hopes third party cookies will become obsolete.


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What is Google Drive for Desktop?

Google made an announcement the first week of February about revamping their ways to sync Google Drive files to desktops. 

According to their Google Workspace blog, they state:

“Currently, we have two sync solutions available—Drive File Stream, which was built for business users, and Backup and Sync, which was built for consumer users. 
Some of our Google Workspace customers have deployed both sync solutions, which can be confusing for end users and challenging for IT departments to manage. To address this, we’re planning to unify these sync clients later in 2021, bringing the most used features from both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync to all of our users.”

The name change for Drive File Stream is now Google Drive for desktop. Thankfully, there’s no actions required by the admins, and at this time is in beta preview mode. The name change isn’t the only thing coming out of this. You will be able to use your Google Drive to sync any of your available local folders. This change is for Windows 10 and macOS, version 45.

Image Source: Google

Note: Some macOS users report when upgrading from version 44 to 45 of Drive for desktop a “Keychain Not Found” error stating “A keychain cannot be found to store <key number>.” DO NOT click Reset to Defaults. Instead, click Cancel, quit Google Drive for desktop, and restart the application to resolve this issue.

Update: Some macOS 10.11 users reported compatibility issues when upgrading to 45.0.12.0. This issue has been resolved in 45.0.13.0 which was released to users on February 9, 2021.

Source: Google Support

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Offline Access Feature with Google Drive

If you use Google Drive for your cloud storage space, you’ll want to know about this handy feature!

What is cloud storage?

Unfortunately, hard drives can only hold so much data. Cloud storage enables you to keep data and files in a remote place that you can access through the internet or a dedicated private network connection. A third-party supplier maintains, protects, operates, and maintains the servers and infrastructure, as well as ensuring that you have access to the data should you need it.

With Google Drive, you can share your files easier and back those files up from a remote location. And if you have a Google account, it comes with 15 GB of free storage automatically. With the amount of remote workers since the pandemic, utilizing Google’s tools will help workloads run smoother.

This is where this Google Drive’s feature comes in handy.

Remote work can indeed be stressful. Google Drive includes an Offline Access feature for users to gain admission to their files and data without internet.

Need to work during your commute or other times when you’re not connected to the internet? No problem. Google Drive lets you access your files while you’re offline, and then it’ll sync your changes when you get back online. You’ll need to use the Chrome browser and be signed in to your Google account.

Source: cnet

In the Settings app of the Google Drive, simply check the box for “Create, open, and edit your recent Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on this device while offline.” It is encouraged for users not to click the box if it is a shared or public computer.


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Update Google Chrome ASAP

There is an incredibly serious vulnerability in Google Chrome. Experts are pushing users to update the browser as soon as possible.

According to Forbes, “Within the space of just three short weeks, Google has patched no less than five potentially dangerous vulnerabilities in the Chrome web browser.”

They explain that these issues are what’s called a zero-day. This means that Google can begin to alleviate the issue once it’s caught. However, the hackers are already ahead of Google.

“Google has released Chrome version 86.0.4240.198 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses CVE-2020-16013 and CVE-2020-16017. An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. These vulnerabilities have been detected in exploits in the wild.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the following resources and apply the necessary updates.

Google Chrome Release

Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) Advisory 2020-154

Source: CISA

If you use Google Chrome, be sure to update the browser as soon as you’re able to. This security vulnerability is to be taken seriously.

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YouTube is Getting a Facelift

In today’s world, more and more people are enjoying the experiences of watching and interacting with online videos on one very popular platform. Today, YouTube announced its upcoming updates on Android and iOS.

The new design will improve the layout of the videos while modernizing the app all around. The Autoplay button, for example, will be placed on the top of the phone’s screen.

According to YouTube, they state, “To make captions more accessible, we’ve moved the button to a more prominent location, directly on the video player on phones. We also have moved the autoplay toggle to make it easier to turn on or off while you’re watching. (We’ll be testing this on Desktop soon, too.) You’ll also notice small improvements to the player, like re-arranged buttons that simplify its look and snappier controls that make any action you take even faster.”

Source: YouTube Blog

It’s pretty neat at how YouTube is revamping its phone app to make it easier for users to utilize. It also includes handy features, like Video Chapters, and one that allows users to be reminded that it is bedtime. To turn it off, just go to Settings.

There’s not much of a visual difference, but the updates are there. 9to5Google shares, “The general look stays the same, but the Google company has worked to optimize button placement and layouts, while adding some convenient shortcuts.”

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Benefits of Google Workspace

Due to the pandemic and for the safety of the communities, many companies throughout the country have made the decision for remote working. And in this day and age, the digital world is evolving to allow people to work from home. With that, they need as many tools as possible to assist them.

Formally G Suites, Google Workspace is one of Google’s top platforms with any and all applications in one. The idea behind Workspace is to make productivity as easy as possible.

There are plenty of benefits of the Google Workspace, according to Google Cloud:

  • new, deeply integrated user experience that helps teams collaborate more effectively, frontline workers stay connected, and businesses power new digital customer experiences
  • new brand identity that reflects our ambitious product vision and the way our products work together
  • new ways to get started with solutions tailored to the unique needs of our broad range of customers 

They announced back in July a new experience to allow communication across the board. This included chat, voice calling, and more.

Mind you, Google Workspace is a paid subscription, with plans starting as low as $6/month. They do include all of the apps available in the Workspace and starts you off with 30 GB of iCloud storage. If you sign up for the Business plan, you can get 2-5 TB of storage.

Now, you can simply use Googles apps for free. However, the benefits of signing up for Google Workspace will allow you to have business e-mails, as well as 24/7 support. Businesses can definitely benefit from this.

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Great Ways to Utilize Google Maps

Get somewhere fast and efficiently!

Back in the 90’s and 2000’s, the best way to find ways around cities and states were with physical, folded maps. Because of evolving technology, map apps, like Google Maps, have allowed users to acquire accurate directions to wherever they need to go. There are plenty of benefits, and are easy to utilize.

Saved Tab

Google has been working diligently on their maps app to give the best possible experience to users. One of the ways you can get the most out of it is to use their Saved tab. You can now save any destinations for easy access. This allows you to quickly go back and get an address you need.

On their blog, Google shares, “When you have a lot of saved places in your current area, it can be challenging to quickly figure out which is which and where to go. When location permission is enabled, you can see all your nearby saved places sorted by distance and arranged in a carousel for easy browsing to make your next decision a breeze.”

Map Accuracy

One of the great perks about Google maps is the accuracy and detail of the maps. Sujoy Banerjee, the Product Manager of Google Maps states, “Google Maps has high-definition satellite imagery for over 98 percent of the world’s population. With a new color-mapping algorithmic technique, we’re able to take this imagery and translate it into an even more comprehensive, vibrant map of an area at global scale.”

Their newest update includes a distinct view of the earth, with over 200 regions available. This adds color-coded visuals to determine what is grass, mountains, water, and other earthly landscapes.

Platforms

You can find Google Maps on Android and iOS. So no matter what kind of phone you have, this map will be able to help you where you need to go. You can even get ETA’s and accurate directions from you Apple Watch, which is a nice perk.

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Google Disables Windows Fix for Chrome

The ever popular Google Chrome web browser is making news this week, and not necessarily in the best way.

According to sources, Chrome’s RAM usage had become an annoyance to users. If they had opened too many tabs on the browser, it took a toll on the computer’s performance. This was widely recognized as an issue, so much that Windows took it upon themselves to fix the RAM issue. The Segment Heap feature came out in the Windows 10 May 2020 update.

But why would Google disable a fix like this? On the Chromium Bugs website, it states that Chrome acquired a “Performance regression with Windows segment heap”. So, exchanging one fix for another was Google’s plan. So when the new Chrome update comes out in August, the Segment Heap feature will be disabled.

Currently, Google is running its own tests to find solutions to the RAM issues, but until then we may have to deal with the possibility of declining performances on our PC.

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Similar ‘Hot Corners’ Feature Off the Table for Google

This past month, rumors flew around about Google working on a feature for the Chrome operating system, similar to MacOS’s ‘Hot Corners‘. This handy feature would allow work to move more fluidly, assigning your display corners for quicker access. According to Zac Hall from 9to5Mac.com, he states:

Hot Corners turn each of the four corners of your display into actions. Just move your cursor to the designated corner, then an action that you assign to that corner is launched.

I rely on Hot Corners to both quickly access Notification Center and reveal my desktop for accessing recently saved files. There are keyboard shortcuts, buttons, and gestures for doing both of these tasks, but neither method is as fast or natural for me than a cursor movement.

Zac Hall – 9to5Mac.com

However, this past Tuesday, it was shared that Google had decided to abandon the project, stating that they were “no longer moving forward with this project.”

I personally think this would have been a nice feature for Chrome OS. Who knows – maybe the project will be put back on the table in the future. Google has been known for mimicking other operating systems and adding similar features to their own OS.

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COVID-19 Tracker Apps Available

Many people in the US are still concerned about the pandemic, especially since starting next month, nonessential businesses will begin to open back up. Federal and local governments are working to ensure transparency with the Coronavirus, along with large tech corporations.

Google and Apple are currently in the works for a Bluetooth-based app to trace COVID-19 exposures. And there are apps included in the iOS App Store for worldwide coronavirus exposure data. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, they are, “undertaking an unprecedented team effort to build a system for Androids and iPhones to interoperate in the name of technology-assisted COVID-19 contact tracing.”

Bing also brings a COVID-19 tracker to the Microsoft App Store. This app shares news about the coronavirus along with dependable information from your local Department of Health. It includes an overview of cases in multiple regions and shares Testing Centers in your local counties.

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