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Top 3 Reasons Why I Hate Google Chrome

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers of the world, Major competent to Firefox and occupies nearly 39% of worldwide usage share of web browser(according to Wikipedia). But everything is bad at something, So here are the top 3 reasons why I hate google chrome.

Scary Permissions For Extensions

Why do some chrome extensions need a wide range of permissions for simple tasks like taking a screenshot or to manage tabs??? It sure looks scary when we first see the pop-up. Actually, chrome divided their alert range from…

  • High All data in your computer can be accessed including your files, webcam, etc.
  • Medium Access data on all the websites, includes access to your cookies.
  • Low Browser history, physical location, data you copy & paste, etc.

More about these permissions: Permissions requested by apps & extensions || Permission Warnings

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Chrome uses all or nothing policy, i.e., developers sometimes have no choice but to abide these rules and at the same time, it helps extension makers to code easily. Unfortunately, there is no way you could tell why a specific extension needs specific permissions and sometimes it’s very obvious that some extensions need some privileged permissions.

But the sad truth is that chrome doesn’t granulate those permissions or a normal user can’t easily find any useful like to know more about the scope of these permissions. So, it’s always a good idea to be cautious about what extensions you install.

Also, Read 9 Must-Have Chrome Extensions.

Memory Usage

There is no denying that chrome is fast but the catch is, It sucks out your memory. Sure, chrome has improved over the versions but it has a long way to improving the memory usage. The most common reason is crash proofing so that you don’t have to wind up because of one single issue or one plugin goes belly-up.

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There are lots ways to reduce the memory usage of chrome like using fewer extensions, not opening too many tabs, etc. But for nongeeks or people with less memory, this sure is a problem and sometimes you can’t avoid crashing.

Typography Rendering

I’ll be simple here, What’s wrong with chrome??? Chrome’s font rendering sucks (windows only). I mean look at the screenshot below, Sure, there are ways to correct this issue(like declaring SVG resource) but the catch is that the end user can’t do anything to smoothen the font.

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Nevertheless, there are other small things I hate about chrome, like auto update without any notifications, no local files, google’s monopoly, preinstalled Java (read: Do you need Java), flash crashing, etc. But, I still use and love chrome.