This morning something surprising happened when I awoke my computer and started the day. I tweeted it and posted it to Yammer, where it has turned into some interesting conversations. Evidently, this isn’t happening to everyone. I am just special, or lucky, or some snarky sarcastic word along those lines. Oh, I know! Call me a randomly-assigned beta-tester, eh?
I’m using Chrome, and have appreciated the feature that allows me to preview or “quick view” files in non-web-ready formats such as PDFs, DOC, PPT, etc. This morning, Chrome announced that the feature was disabled because it was updated and needed more permissions to run.
Well, that usually isn’t a problem, and I tend to be fairly loose with trusting Google with my stuff, so I am inclined to go ahead with approving it when they ask for more perms. Except this time.
“It can access:
– Your data on all websites
– Your tabs and browsing activity.”
Oh, sure. Just keep handy my bank account number and password. My Amazon and Paypal accounts. My medical records. Any medical systems I log into as an employee. My employee data at the University. Nope, I don’t think so. So I declined this generous offer, and the result? I no longer have access to preview or quickview for the various filetypes, but instead go direct to download. Really. Well, it was a feature I liked, but the cost is too high. And explain to me WHY Google needs access to all that info just to show me a preview of a PDF? Come on, guys, really, this is ridiculous.