Today, I came across this blog post:

As you might have heard, Chrome 69 automatically logs you into the browser when you log into any Google property. As much as I might like Chrome (and Google), I was quite displeased by this particular change: I assume it was in the release notes (that probably a vanishingly small number of Chrome users read), but the rationale that's been given for the change doesn't really make sense, and in any case I really prefer not to have anything synced anywhere. It definitely (for me at least) violated the principle of least astonishment: I can't speak for anyone else but I personally don't expect a routine software upgrade to suddenly start uploading passwords somewhere, or copying my passwords onto any random computer I happen to log into.

As noted in the first article above, the Sync enabled/disabled UI was singularly confusing to me as to what the state of things are, and a careful search (well, about 1 minute) through the Chrome settings pages didn't really shed much more light on exactly how I could guarantee no data gets inadvertently synced. I set out to figure out how I could keep using Chrome but still feel relatively comfortable that Chrome Sync wasn't helpfully distributing my data. After a couple of hours running around I finally got it together thanks to https://www.chromium.org/administrators/policy-list-3.

For OSX, open a terminal window and run:

defaults write com.google.Chrome SyncDisabled -bool true
defaults write com.google.Chrome RestrictSigninToPattern -string ".*@example.com"

How can I do the same on Ubuntu?

  • A more useful way to present a quotation is to use copy/paste rather than an image. Most importantly, it is preferred that the source be provided. – Justice for Monica Sep 24 '18 at 13:51
  • @user535733 the same – lula Sep 24 '18 at 14:13
  • Hmmm. On my Chrome 69, incognito browsing to Google sites does not seem to log me in to those sites. Perhaps the question could be clarified? – user535733 Sep 24 '18 at 14:23

You may want to use ungoogled-chrome which is a modified version of Chrome/Chromium with all the Google spying removed:


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