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Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

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BleepingComputer reports, that Google is blocking some Linux browsers (Konqueror, Falkon and Qutebrowser) from logging into it’s services, “because they may not be secure.”

In tests conducted by BleepingComputer, we can confirm that we were unable to log in with Konqueror or Falkon on multiple machines. When attempting to do so, we were told to try a different browser as Konqueror or Falkon may not be secure.

According to Google the reasons are, that the browsers…

  • Don’t support JavaScript or have Javascript turned off.
  • Have unsecure or unsupported extensions added.
  • Use automation testing frameworks.
  • Are embedded in a different application.

On the one hand, I find that this is unacceptable and Google is once again trying to play out its monopoly, on the other hand, it would be advisable to avoid not only the Chrome browser, but Google services in general.

Some time ago, I put together a list of Google alternatives.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/google-now-bans-some-linux-web-browsers-from-their-services/

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