GOOGLE CHROME MIKE RISK

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Roycal, Oct 6, 2015.

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  1. Roycal

    Roycal Well-Known Member

    This is probably old news by now but what do you think about this flaw with Google Chrome that allows websites to basically continue to listen in on a user's exposed microphone?
    http://tinyurl.com/npcqb5o

    This video impressed me. Not sure if this problem has been patched yet or not:
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2015
  2. mike20021969

    mike20021969 Well-Known Member

    That YouTube users channel is simply chocka with conspiracy videos.
     
  3. Recycle

    Recycle Well-Known Member

    I don't use or load Chrome so they can pout all they want....
     
  4. Roycal

    Roycal Well-Known Member

    You are right that the YouTube poster is a conspiracy theorist but the first link is to the Guardian article about the weakness. The Youtube video is an exercise on how a website could access the mike without knowledge of the visitor and the Guardian article seems to confirm that.
    I don't want to navigate the websites highlighted in the video that would exploit the flaw just to prove it is real for obvious reasons of other possible exploits, but wondered if anyone else has confirmed this to be real and if it has been patched yet?
    I thought that Chrome was a reasonably secure browser but if they let something like this go this long, it raises questions about overall security.

    BTW I always keep thick black tape over my laptop camera port and the mike muted when not in use. If you have a company laptop, some employers do use them to spy on their employees and it is actually legal in most states. :)
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2015
  5. RedFox 1

    RedFox 1 Super Moderator

    How many shooters were there in the Kennedy assassination? Was the WTC an inside job? and a million other questions that will never be answered. They sure would need alot of ears to listen to everyones background noise. Silly stuff for sure.
     
  6. Recycle

    Recycle Well-Known Member

    Really I doubt that. They own it and what you do on it they own that or view that. You want to do your own stuff use your own computer. Their computer they own it's simple as that.
     
  7. Roycal

    Roycal Well-Known Member

    As a follow up to this thread, I'm pretty sure that this problem can be solved by turning off background apps when Chrome is closed in the settings. I think it's on by default.
    Here is a screen shot to show how to turn it off.

    It is a little suspicious that they buried that setting so deep in the advanced settings.
     

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  8. Recycle

    Recycle Well-Known Member

    More Reason not to use Chrome....
     
  9. Roycal

    Roycal Well-Known Member

    What do you use? IE is the worst, IMHO. Chrome seems to work well if you keep it under control and flush the cache often.