Question about Google Chrome browser

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  1. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    Do I need to use Google's services to be able to use Chrome? I don't have nor want any accounts with Google. I'm looking for a potential alternative to my backup browser FireFox. I don't find FireFox all that great these days. It seems to be quite the CPU hog and just slows everything down. My main browser Safari doesn't seem to slow things down but it's certainly a Ram hog. For those who use Chrome how good is it?
     
  2. Howl's Castle macrumors regular

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    No. However, for the best experience with Chrome, a Google account is recommended.
     
  3. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    well the annoying thing with that is that you get everything. Gmail, google+, Youtube, etc. I don't care for any of that.
     
  4. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Chrome works just fine without logging into any Google services. It's a good browser.

    However, I find it curious that Firefox, as you say, "slows everything down" on your computer. I use Firefox a lot and have never experienced such a thing. I particularly like their Sync service, which is the only one on the market that uses true end-to-end encryption and respects the users' privacy.

    On MacOS neither Firefox nor Chrome can keep up with Safari when it comes to fluidness and efficiency though.
     
  5. Howl's Castle macrumors regular

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    You're not required to get those if you sign up for Google without a Gmail Address
    Link: https://accounts.google.com/SignUpWithoutGmail?hl=en
     
  6. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So you can use an alternate email address? I had a YT accounts years ago and deleted it. I later went to sign up again and I ended up having a Google+ and gmail and whatnot also which I did not want. I simply wanted a YT account and nothing else using my own email address.
     
  7. Phil in ocala macrumors 6502a

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    Google Canary is best...remembers Passwords and username.
     
  8. Bart Kela, Apr 28, 2017
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    That feature is not exclusive to Google Canary. The mainstream Google Chrome release has it, as well as browsers like Chromium and Opera. Apple's own Safari browser has had this capability for years. It's not a special feature.

    It's worth pointing out that Google Canary is the bleeding edge developer beta of Google Chrome, so it may periodically display odd behavior. Compatibility with some websites may be impaired as well with Google Canary.
     
  9. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I don't care for my browser to remember my password and usernames. Each website does that on it's own already. Guess I'll just have to DL and try it. I just don't like having to delete an app cause there's still remnants of it left in weird places on the drive.
     

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