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Google is collecting a lot of data about how we use the web. The new Google Alarm Firefox addon visually & audibly alerts you whenever your personal information is being sent to Google servers. Click here to install:


No-sound version (workplace-friendly)
is also available: click to install


Chrome extension now available (beta): click to install

No sound version: click to install

Even outside Gmail and YouTube you are constantly sending Google your information through their vast network of “tracking bugs”: Google Analytics, Google AdSense, YouTube embeds, API calls… all of this data can be used to monitor & track your personal web browsing habits.

Google Alarm shows notifications, plays sound effects and keeps running stats about the % of websites you’ve visit with Google bugs present. Stay alert – install Google Alarm today.

Screenshots:




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Source code: http://github.com/jamiew/google-alarm (MIT licensed)

More information on jamiedubs.com.

Originally developed during FUCK GOOGLE @ Transmediale 2010. Thanks to Evan Roth, Tobias Leingruber and Aram Bartholl for advice & assistance. For more of our creative browser addon work check out ARTZILLA.

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Posted on July 27, 2010

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COMMENTS

  1. FbFan says:

    The worthless add-on of the month has already hit, I see!!! What a joke!

  2. BelzeBoob says:

    Works great, but a minor bug is that the red alarm boxes is added to emails when using gmail. Still, combined with ghostery, this is great! Thank you1

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  4. Ugo says:

    I would rather have google collect my credit card details including pin than bear these hideous sounds one minute longer, pheeeeew!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. SHAD says:

    It is very fantastic website

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  7. Mark says:

    I couldn’t stand the noise and attempted to uninstall. It’s gone from add-ons in Firefox…but the Noise and warnings persist. Please help me uninstall. Tried installing No sound version too…no difference and still sound.

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  17. carmen says:

    dak reusesti sa il dezistalezi imi spui si mie

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  20. heckybenry says:

    There are a good many requests here already for instructions on how to uninstall this plug-in…I’m adding mine to the bunch. Please respond and give those of us who have changed our minds about Google alarm a way to get rid of it.

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  23. Prewcruse says:

    Привет всем!
    Отличный форум :)

  24. [...] Auf fffff.at/google-alarm/ gibt es, wie ich erfahren habe, ein FireFox Add-On das einem signalisiert, wenn Daten an Google gesandt werden. Es ist doch recht erstaunlich… [...]

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  29. This software is worse than google tracking u – it doesnt uninstall. Google tracking isn’t that bad – just make sure you clear your cookies regularly.

  30. Vihaio says:

    That doensn’t help. your personal info is on the Google servers, not in some file on your computer.

  31. [...] last summer one online advocacy group released a browser extension that alerts you “whenever your personal information is being sent to Google servers.” The result was a [...]

  32. [...] Google Alarm adındaki Firefox eklentisi ise Google’a bilgi gönderen siteleri engelleyebiliyor. Bir web sitesi kullanıcı hakkında bilgi göndermeye çalıştığı anda bir alarm sesi ile kullanıcı uyarılıyor. [...]

  33. Silkie OReilly says:

    When I try to get the no-sound version ‘click to install’, I get instead another page entirely full of junk like this;
    PK����E�<�FR���������chrome.manifestUT �@ML�yeLux �������M�K� �x���`� I�����ƈ��� ����"�ɱ�h��`����ipQ�4�*{!��h{s���MB?s�h��M(G��'�1cp�� x�&�yr����&�Me7]��z�tusA��[/e����$k�
    I'm using the latest iteration of Firefox, on a plain vanilla PC. I get the same junk when I try to open that link in a new window or a tab. Y'all need to FIX this, now I trust you even less than I do Google, if your coders are THAT inept! Good luck to you, I think you need some.

  34. Hezza says:

    This is being stopped due to the technology being created by one Steve Ballmer’s former company. Steve is personally (not Microsoft) suing Google, U-Tube, NetFlix and many others for use of patented technology. However, if anyone was smart they would use the in-private browsing for non-collection of information.

  35. Hezza says:

    “I think most people are missing the point. The point is that you should not be affraid to question why things are the way they are. If no one questions why then how will you know or find out if your rights have been violated.

    The biggest problem as one post said is intelectual property rights. Say you have a good idea and you do a search in google. Your idea is now fair game for anyone with access to search entries. Is that OK??”

    HAHAHA – You think that anyone has the time to go through a terabyte a day of information just to steal YOUR idea? Thats like saying the government knows, sees and is taking pictures of you at the stop light. Stop using e-mail, someone might have access to that too. Stop going into stores because someone has access to the video cameras. Stop using your bank, because someone has access to your accounts there too. Paranoia over a database that matches keywords and spits out suggestions. OH, don’t use your cell phone either – I might be listening…

  36. andrew says:

    alarm: when googling Colt there are 2 vira hidden
    1-something soviet etc lower part of page and 2- later on

  37. [...] This is the most amusing of all Google Chrome extensions, that actually comes into great use. Google Alarm produces an alarm sound, anytime you visit a website that collects data using Google Analytics or Google Adsense. You may not be too interested in using this extension, but you’ll be surprised to see the number of websites in your daily online surfing cycle that actually collect your sensitive data. You can grab it here. [...]

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  40. jesus says:

    cant install on firefox 4.1 :(

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  42. dapwnager says:

    great, but how do i delete it?

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  47. really a nice tool – I tried it and I loved it at once!

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