Just when I thought shoddy tech "journalism" couldn't stoop any lower, there is now a supposedly "new" report out that Chrome stores its passwords in plain text.

From Google Chrome security flaw offers unrestricted password access at The Guardian:

A serious flaw in the security of Google's Chrome browser lets anyone with access to a user's computer see all the passwords stored for email, social media and other sites, directly from the settings panel. No password is needed to view them.

Absolutely no mention that this has been known for years. Why this is being reported now, I have no idea.

From Google Chrome flaw exposes user passwords at The Telegraph:

Software developer Elliott Kember stumbled across the vulnerability when importing his bookmarks from Apple's Safari browser to Google Chrome. He discovered that it was mandatory to import saved passwords from one browser to the other – something he described as 'odd'.

After doing a bit more digging, he found that Google does not protect passwords from being viewed when a user is logged in and running Chrome. Anyone with access to the computer can view stored passwords by going to the advanced settings page and clicking on the “Passwords and forms” option, followed by “Manage saved passwords”.

Here the reporter goes a step further to make it sound as if this is some new discovery.

This is not a new discovery. Many people, including the developers at Google, know about this, and have known about this for years. It's a deliberate (albeit bad) design choice. I knew about it in 2009, and I've known about it ever since.

Someone back in December 2008 already reported it to Google:

Google, Why does your browser Chrome not have a master password for saved passwords? This is ridiculous

and Google's response:

Hi everybody,

We understand that many of you want a master password for your saved passwords in Google Chrome. You’ve laid out many scenarios in which this might be useful, but the most common is that if your computer were to fall into the wrong hands, that person would then have access to your saved passwords.

While we agree that this situation would be terrible, we believe that a master password would not sufficiently protect you from danger. Someone with physical access to your computer could install a keylogger to steal your passwords or go to the sites where your passwords are stored and get them from the automatically filled-in password fields. A master password required to show saved passwords would not prevent these outcomes.

Currently, the best method for protecting your saved passwords is to lock your computer whenever you step away from it, even for a short period of time. We encrypt your saved passwords on your hard disk. To access these passwords, someone would either need to log in as you or circumvent the encryption.

We know this is a long-standing issue, and we see where you're coming from. Please know that your security is our highest priority, and our decision not to implement the master password feature is base

Okay. It took Google almost a year to make that official response, but that's still almost three years ago!

I thought the "There are millions of Android malware apps (which no one is actually installing)" scare headlines were bad enough. Now known bugs that are deliberate design choices are suddenly newly-discovered security flaws. I can't palm forehead this enough...

If you want to store passwords with a master password, use Firefox. The master password encrypts your saved passwords. It's not a perfect solution, but it's better than what Chrome's doing... and has been doing for years.

Okay. I’ve gotten in heated arguments with friends about this, but I firmly believe that we should not blame actors of color for taking on demeaning roles. Acting is a tough enough line of work. You do not always have the luxury of turning down roles.

There’s some value in this critique of Star Trek: Into Darkness, but I definitely take serious issue with this section:

In the end, this really comes down to whether or not people of colour desire inclusion at all costs, or are happy to settle for a negative portrayal, just to see ourselves on the big screen.

Yeah, I think I’d rather see some non-White actors actually getting some work, since they’re usually severely underrepresented in popular media than have them institute some kind of boycott, especially since the boycott would be pointless (Google Hollywood whitewashing for more details). You can’t prevent Hollywood from being racist by refusing to portray racist stereotypes or enact negative portrayals (ever see Breakfast at Tiffany’s?).

If you really want to do something positive for people of color in the media, support them financially. Vote with your wallet. If you know a movie directed by or starring a person of color is coming out and may be worthwhile, be sure to watch it opening weekend, so the numbers look up for it.

For Hollywood at this point, a predominantly or totally White feature film that fails at the box office won’t doom prospects for other White filmmakers and actors, but a similar box office disaster could be a major setback for future endeavors from people of color. Don’t blame people of color for taking negative roles. Blame the people who put them in those roles, and support the kinds of films you want to see with your actual spending money.

Further reading: Kristen Schaal animated gif

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By default, when you do searches in Ubuntu, you'll see online results (from Amazon, as of Ubuntu 13.04—in future versions they may include other online results), too. Some people don't like this. Fortunately, you can turn this behavior off.

Search for Privacy. Select the real result at the top (not the web results below it).

You'll see Include online search results as On.

Click it to turn it Off.

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The best way for new users to install software in Ubuntu is using the Ubuntu Software Center. This is a similar process to using Apple's App Store or Google's Play Store to install applications—one central location to manager your applications.

First, find the Ubuntu Software Center icon, which will oddly have an A on it instead of something indicative of the name Ubuntu Software Center. Click it to launch.

Once it's launched, you can search in to the top-right corner for part of the name of the application you're looking to install. In this example, I'm trying to install ubuntu-restricted-extras.

Once you've found what you want, click Install.

Enter your password when prompted.

Wait for the installation packages to download and install.

If you notice a gray question mark appear on the bottom-left corner, you may have to click it to take care of a dialogue (e.g., agreeing to some terms of use).

When you see the green check mark on the application package's name, it's all done installing!

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Okay, I'm silly and didn't even remember my old tutorial. The additional drivers is part of Software Sources. More details in the old tutorial for Ubuntu 12.10.

For a lot of hardware drivers, Ubuntu will just automatically recognize what you have and have it all set up for you. Some proprietary drivers you may have to get working post-install.

There's a tool for this that in Ubuntu 13.04, unfortunately, through the graphical user interface (GUI) is a bit clunky to get up and running.

It also requires an active internet connection, so if the proprietary driver you need is for a Broadcom wireless card, you will need a wired connection in order for this to work.

From the sidebar, find the icon for the Ubuntu Software Center, and click to launch it.

Once the Ubuntu Software Center launches, search for additional driver in the search box at the top-right corner.

Additional Drivers should show up as a search result.

Click on More Info.

Then click Use This Source.

Enter your password.

Click Install.

Enter your password again.

You'll see that the installation is in progress.

When the installation of the Additional Drivers tool finishes, you'll see this.

The Additional Drivers icon will show up in the side bar. Click it to launch the application.

Find the driver you want to install, and then click Activate.

Enter your password when prompted.

Wait for the driver to download.

When it's finished installing, you may get a message saying the driver won't be useful until you reboot. You may not find this to be the case (e.g., your wireless connection may work without reboot), but you may actually have to reboot, depending on your situation.