A few readers of the Google Chrome portion of Reddit noticed a bevy of posters that seemed to exist solely to promote a Chrome-based browser called Citrio. What started out as annoyance from the spamming turned a bit more dastardly as one person looked more deeply into the Citrio browser.
A user that goes by the moniker bmoc alerted fellow Chrome enthusiasts to the issue of the spam posters and, further, some strange behaviors observed by the browser and the company promoting it.
Upon visiting Citrio browser’s website, the main sales pitch revolves around improved download management, ability to download torrents within the browser, and a built-in proxy manager. Otherwise, the features list seems to just boast of the same things that make Chrome a popular browser: claims of speed, malware protection, and Google sign-in capabilities. Nothing too alarming or, in all honesty, incredibly useful.
While we can’t say so conclusively, it seems a lot like this browser was developed to collect and track its users’ information for the purpose of selling ads. The business about accessing Google Wallet pages is even more concerning, but the info collection scheme alone is more underhanded than Google, who at least makes it clear that you are storing your information with them.
If nothing else, they could use some work with customer relations.
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