Recently, a user of Tao Presentations informed us that Google Chrome displayed a dire warning after he downloaded our software: “Tao Presentations may be malicious software”. Uh oh, for the average Joe, that’s a big no-no.
Google locks out “unapproved” programs
It’s not just us. Recently, I tried to download some of the amazing demos created by Iñigo Quilez. Same thing. Seriously, a 4K exe that manages to display a complete mountain? And Google Chrome would have me believe that there’s room in there for “malicious software”? Get real.
Now, it took me quite a while to find a solution to this problem. Apparently, you just need to record your site in Google’s Webmaster tools, and after scanning your site and ensuring (I assume) that there’s no known virus signature in the files, things should improve.
I still find this really annoying that a browser vendor would, by default, tag unknown files as “malicious”. Who are they to make this judgment call?
Why didn’t Google implement a real solution?
Shouldn’t they instead have something a little more sophisticated, that actually detects malicious signatures? You know, like a real anti-virus? Don’t tell me that Google doesn’t have smart enough engineers to write an in-browser anti-virus that doesn’t completely suck.
Nah, instead they went the easy route: anything that we don’t know is malicious. And we tell your users so.
I used to be a big fan of Chrome. Not anymore. Because of this single issue. I think this demonstrate an incredibly stupid arrogance and lack of technical diligence on Google’s part.
Google overstepped its authority and took advantage of their weight. Let’s not get used to it.
Here is the right way to tell people about DRM and freedom. I’m sorry I can’t embed it here, YouTube says “Embedding disabled by request” (who talks about DRM…) You should also read the EFF original story.
Unfortunately, the freedom fighters are not always that good. Here is an entirely wrong way to attack the problem. Hint: don’t watch that movie, it’s boring. Instead of making simple points in a humorous way, we get a lot of talking heads, all on the same side of the story except for a few “bad guys”. Only the analogy with music remotely hits a chord in that whole movie. Yawn…
Don’t get fooled, though. There is a war going on, a war to grab land and power, a war to get more control. That war is currently being played on your iPhone by Apple, on your PS3 by Sony. But it’s all about denying you rights that you have and that you should fight to keep. Gizmodo says it quite well: