Google Toolbar vs. Googlebar

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Uitlander, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Uitlander

    Uitlander Registered Member

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    Most security and privacy sites seem to agree that Google Toolbar is either privacy-invasive, a security threat, or both...but what about the 'Googlebar' in Firefox? Is it harmless, or just as nasty as the Google Toolbar? I'm asking, because I need to know whether or not to eliminate it.
     
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    Google and "privacy". What a quaint idea for anyone to pretend Search Engines OR ISPs deliver 'privacy'.
     
  4. Rasheed187

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    I'm not sure if I understand the question because using the toolbar isn't any different than using the Google website, Google probably tracks all of your searches anyway. I do use Googlebar Lite because when I search from the address/search-bar in Firefox it' slow to load the search results (some kind of bug), no such problem with Googlebar Lite.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/nl/firefox/addon/googlebar-lite/
     
  5. Uitlander

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    Interesting, but I fail to see how it answers the question of whether on not Googlebar is as bad as Google Toolbar.
     
  6. Uitlander

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    Googlebar Lite is an add-on you have to choose to install. Googlebar is put forth as an add-on:

    http://googlebar.mozdev.org/

    but many have said it came pre-installed with firefox. Anyway, the question is simple. Google Toolbar has privacy and security issues. Does the Googlebar have the same privacy and security issues that the Google Toolbar has? I need to decide if I have to excise the Googlebar from Firefox.
     
  7. mirimir

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    If you want privacy using Google, you must handle that through compartmentalization, segregating activity in (at least) multiple VMs, and using such anonymity networks as Tor, JonDonym and/or VPNs.
     
  8. MrBrian

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    I didn't realize that Googlebar is a separate add-on. I thought you meant the Firefox search bar with Google in it.
     
  9. Rasheed187

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    I could not find any info about Googlebar having any privacy/security issues, but the only way to know for sure is by using a network sniffer, to see if Googlebar is "phoning home". But the fact that it isn't developed by Google is already a good thing, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.
     
  10. Uitlander

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    You're right...there is Google Toolbar, Googlebar, and the Firefox search bar having Google preinstalled. I was confused! I do indeed mean the latter, as shown here:

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-bar-add-change-manage-search-engines-firefox

    I am trying to find out if I need to delete Google from this search bar. Is this benign, or as privacy-invasive as the Google Toolbar, Googlebar, etc.
     
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