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posted by martyb on Friday December 13 2019, @11:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the what's-wrong-with-my-browser dept.

BleepingComputer recently published an article which says:

Google is now banning the popular Linux browsers named Konqueror, Falkon, and Qutebrowser from logging into Google services because they may not be secure.

[...] In tests conducted by BleepingComputer, we can confirm that we were unable to log in with Konqueror or Falkon on multiple machines. When attempting to do so, we were told to try a different browser as Konqueror or Falkon may not be secure.

[...] Even stranger, some users have reported that they could still login with Falkon [1, 2].

This has led people to offer a variety of theories for why this is happening including it being an A/B test being done by Google, related to the version of QtWebEngine installed, or maybe even an account setting such as 2FA being enabled.

Google does have discriminating tastes, does it not?

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 14 2019, @01:56AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 14 2019, @01:56AM (#931906)

    It wants to be, though. More and more sites are being infected with Google's malware (recaptcha, googleapis, etc.) and many aren't functional if you block it. I've had to stop going to a number of sites because of that, but if the plague spreads too far, it will be difficult to avoid.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 14 2019, @03:13AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 14 2019, @03:13AM (#931927)

    The local Starbucks coffee seems to require a Google account to log onto their hotspot.

    That may have changed though, but I would not know...I no longer go there. There is a Dunkin donuts that just lets me log on with no fuss.