Google Chrome: Turn off Password Save

One of the first things I do when I install Firefox is to disable the password save option. I have no intention of letting my username/password pairs get saved automatically for others to view later on.

In Google Chrome, to disable the save-password option, click on the little spanner icon on the top right (beside the address bar), select Options, click on the Minor Tweaks tab and select Never save passwords. If you want to view passwords already saved, click on “Show saved passwords”!

turn off password saving in chrome

turn off password saving in google chrome

UPDATE: Commentator Jim has this useful information to add in the comments section.

Here’s a scenario no one has discussed.

1. Allow Chrome to import information from a previously existing Firefox installation
2. Look at Wrench(Spanner)/Options/Minor Tweaks/Show Saved Passwords
3. Select a site, then click “Show Password”

Your saved password from Firefox is displayed in plain text. Chrome has read your password from Firefox, then made it available to anyone in possession of your machine. Physical security is still the most important aspect of security! We really need the master password now!

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Google Chrome Browser is Out

Google released its browser named Chrome this afternoon. After downloading the tiny file (474kb) and installing it, I tried visiting a few sites and they all rendered very fast. CSS support is great in this browser.

Then, I visited my website to see what the user-agent string would be displayed as. I was on Windows XP at the moment. The user-agent string was this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.27 Safari/525.13

Okay, I tweaked my browser display code to recognize the Chrome browser, so you can check it here. You should get something like this:

arul john google chrome browser

google chrome browser detect on aruljohn.com

The browser comes with Adobe Flash Player 9 out of the box (unlike Firefox), so you don’t have to install it. Java runtime isn’t installed and I’m not sure if that can be done at the moment.

One of the things I like most about this apart from the speed is the Chrome Inspector. Right-click on any page and select Inspect Element. It will show you a multi-tabbed display of the DOM elements, beginning with html and body. This is very useful for debugging.

chrome > elements

chrome > elements

Selecting the Resources shows a graphical display of the time and size of each components of the current webpage.

chrome > resources

chrome > resources

Yes, there are Firefox add-ons/extensions for this, but I think its great that Google included this in its web browser. Its a boon to those who use Firebug on a daily basis.

As of now, there is only a Windows version, Mac users will have to wait for a little more while.

Go ahead and download it here.

Earth Hour – a joke

On March 29, many people turned off the lights for an hour from 8pm to 9pm local time to signify that they were “saving” energy (whatever they mean by energy). Very nice, turn off your electrical gadgets for one hour, and then after 9pm, turn on the lights, air conditioners, office lights (maybe all night), flashing decorative lights (oh, these were probably never turned off!), various home gadgets, etc. And then get into the car and drive one block for a crate of coke, circle around the area for 10 whole minutes looking for a parking spot, <<INSERT THE REST HERE>>.

google earth hour arul johnAnd then, there was Google which jumped on the bandwagon by changing its background to black instead of the usual white.

The funny thing is that black background web pages may use up MORE energy than white background web pages and Google had itself acknowledged the study.

Anyway, Michelle Malkin has more about this and the 1 million phone calls that “eco-friendly” activists intend to make to lawmakers on Earth Day – wonderful way of saving energy indeed!

Read more on her blog here.

Google plays April Fool’s Day joke with Gmail Custom Time

I was about to login to my Gmail when I noticed Google’s “latest addition” – an option that allows the user to alter the timestamp of the email sent, to make it look as if the user sent the email at a different time.

Since I don’t trust anything on April 1, I decided this was Google’s joke for us all. I anyway took a look at the “testimonials” of those who had “used” the beta version of this. Well, those testimonials are fake, but hilarious! Read them:

“The entire concept of ‘late’ no longer exists for me. That’s pretty cool. Thanks Gmail!”
Miriam S., Delivery girl

“I used to be an honest person; but now I don’t have to be. It’s just so much easier this way. I’ve gained a lot of productivity by not having to think about doing the ‘right’ thing.”
Todd J., Investment Banker

Check it out here.

Orkut Server Hacked?

Were the Orkut servers hacked or is there a virus going around?

I got a bunch of these messages from many of my friends in my Orkut scrapbook.

2008 vem ai… que ele comece mto bem para vc

Look at the screenshot below:

orkut hacked

Update: Vikas says that this is an XSS attack. According to him:

When someone sends you a spam scrap and you read that scrap the same scrap is sent to your friends from your account. This will spread for the coming few days possibly till orkut takes some measures.

if possible change your gmail account possible and do not login to orkut till they sort this out.

Check my comments section for the whole explanation.

GRE Word List – My third Google Gadget

My third Google gadget helps GRE test takers try out word lists either on a random basis or sequentially.

I have a list of 4248 words that constitute the GRE Word list. Here’s a screenshot of the gadget.

gre screenshot

Click on previous or next to traverse in alphabetical order, or random to display any random word and its meaning.

If you want the meaning of a particular word, enter the word in the textbox and press ENTER (or click on lookup word).

To get this gadget on your customised Google page, click on the button below.

Add to Google