Google’s Privacy Sandbox

More and more web users are concerned with the amount of data websites are collecting. Online privacy seems more scarce as time goes by.

David Temkin shared a study by Pew Research Center on the Google Ads blog, stating “72% of people feel that almost all of what they do online is being tracked by advertisers, technology firms or other companies, and 81% say that the potential risks they face because of data collection outweigh the benefits”.

However, browser companies are working diligently to remove third party cookies. Firefox and Safari have already put that order into place, although no one seems to know how in depth they go with the removal. Google is intending to move in that direction.

Back in August of 2019, Justin Schuh, the Director of Chrome Engineering wrote a blog post introducing their new privacy enhancing tool called Privacy Sandbox. But what is Privacy Sandbox? The Chrome Developer blog explains:

The Privacy Sandbox initiative proposes a set of privacy-preserving APIs to support business models that fund the open web in the absence of tracking mechanisms like third-party cookies. It was introduced in 2019, and Chrome shared updates on progress in January and October last year.

Source: Chrome Developer Blog

Google will not be utilizing any alternative techniques for tracking, in hopes third party cookies will become obsolete.


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What is “Google Drive for Desktop”?

Google made an announcement the first week of February about revamping their ways to sync Google Drive files to desktops.

According to their Google Workspace blog, they state:

“Currently, we have two sync solutions available—Drive File Stream, which was built for business users, and Backup and Sync, which was built for consumer users. 
Some of our Google Workspace customers have deployed both sync solutions, which can be confusing for end users and challenging for IT departments to manage. To address this, we’re planning to unify these sync clients later in 2021, bringing the most used features from both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync to all of our users.”

The name change for Drive File Stream is now Google Drive for desktop. Thankfully, there’s no actions required by the admins, and at this time is in beta preview mode. The name change isn’t the only thing coming out of this. You will be able to use your Google Drive to sync any of your available local folders. This change is for Windows 10 and macOS, version 45.

Image Source: Google

Note: Some macOS users report when upgrading from version 44 to 45 of Drive for desktop a “Keychain Not Found” error stating “A keychain cannot be found to store <key number>.” DO NOT click Reset to Defaults. Instead, click Cancel, quit Google Drive for desktop, and restart the application to resolve this issue.

Update: Some macOS 10.11 users reported compatibility issues when upgrading to 45.0.12.0. This issue has been resolved in 45.0.13.0 which was released to users on February 9, 2021.

Source: Google Support

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Apple Require ‘Request Permission’ for App Developers

A new requirement by Apple will soon be in place for app developers, per their new iOS 14 policy. Once an app is downloaded, a new “request permission” block will pop up on users devices, allowing or denying the app to track activity.

According to MacRumors:

“Apple will soon require iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV app developers to request permission from users to collect their random advertising identifier (known as the “Identifier for Advertisers” or “IDFA”), which advertisers use to deliver personalized ads and track how effective their ad campaigns were. Specifically, users will be presented with a prompt to allow or deny tracking as necessary when opening apps on iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14, as part of Apple’s App Tracking Transparency (“ATT”) policy.”

Source: Apple Developer Website

Companies, such as Google, are prepping their company for the upcoming change and are prepared to comply with the transparency. Others, like Facebook, have shared their disapproval of the new policy, saying this could hurt small business owners who rely on advertisements. However, they shared they have no other choice than to comply – otherwise face more issues from Apple.

This new policy is planning on rolling out in early spring, so keep an eye out for it.


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Browsers Allow Pinning Tabs to Taskbar

One of the many perks of utilizing browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, includes being able to pin tabs to the task bar. This allows easy access to your most frequently used websites without having to open up your browser and search for it.

To pin the website you most frequently use on Edge:
  • Open the Microsoft Edge browser
  • Search for the website you would like pinned
  • Click on the three dots in the right hand corner
  • Go to More Tools
  • Click Pin to Taskbar
Pin tabs to task bar on Google Chrome
  • Open Google Chrome Browser
  • Search for the website you would like pinned
  • Click on the three dots in the right hand corner (“customize and control Google Chrome”)
  • Go to More Tools
  • Click Create Shortcut

From there, the shortcut icon will show up on the background. Clicking and dragging the icon to the Windows 10 task bar will immediately pin it.

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