Solved Security warnings in Android browser settings

September 2, 2016 at 15:39:37
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Android 4.4.2 tablet. Standard Android web browser.
Under Settings / Privacy & security is "Show security warnings".
What is evaluated to trigger such warnings, and how is the
evaluation done?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
September 2, 2016 at 18:08:36
https://support.google.com/chrome/a... will tell you what is being watched. As for how it's done, it's just something Google watches for when they're crawling across the Internet.

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#2
September 2, 2016 at 20:25:42
Does that mean every time I try to go to a web page, or download a
video or image, the URL is sent to Google first so that Google can
tell me if it isn't okay before it forwards the URL on to the website?
So that Google can keep track of everything I download and when
I download it without telling me they are doing so?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
September 2, 2016 at 22:06:53
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Yep! If it makes you feel better, the same thing happens with Microsoft's browsers, Firefox, and Safari. I'm pretty sure Opera does the same, but I haven't used that browser in 15 years. Just search for "<browser> anti-phishing" to see if your browser of choice does so.

You might also want to check on your ISP, as they're far more likely to sell where you go (possibly to Google) than Google, which wants to keep that information for itself.

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#4
September 3, 2016 at 00:57:53
It has been nine months since I used my Windows (7) computer,
but I believe the "SmartScreen Filter" was more clearly marked as
something that called home. At least, its name is sufficiently
distinguishable that it is easy to learn about by - ahem - googling.
I turned it off immediately. Now I've turned this thing off.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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