I thought that this forum is (mostly) full of smart people. I'll ask you my question.
My claim is that google is "too big." They offer a product and the competitors are few. I do not think that google is abusing its position, but the potential is there. It would be best to have a backup plan, an eject button in the event of google becoming tyrannical. How ever my question is much simpler.
My question has to do with browsers. Long ago, I looked at security of browsers and decided on firefox. Strongly influencing this decision was the fact that firefox is open source. Recently I learned that firefox will ping google and set a google cookie on your browser, INDEPENDENT OF what ever page you visit. Now, on it's face this is no big deal, that much may be true, but I can imagine the crypto crowd would not be keen on having every search they do recorded and associated with a google account. This cookie, from google, can serve as an identifier to each unique user. The official story is that this cookie prevents malware, which doesn't make any sense to me.
My question: Which browser(s) are such that google is not explicitly written into the code? Which browsers treat every webservice equally and let's me decide which one I want to use.
As a partial answer to my question I found an iron browser. I'll link to it below. The problem is that I don't know if it is reputable. I have used it, and like it. It is a derivative of chromium, I've been using the portable version, and like it, but I don't know if I should trust it to install on my machine. Does any on have any information on this software or this company?
The company is: SRWare
The browser is called: ironhttp://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php
Any thoughts are welcome.