(ORDO NEWS) — Dutch developer Bert Hubert, best known for his popular PowerDNS DNS server software, has come up with a new hit.
This time he created the Googerteller utility, which emits a beep every time the computer accesses the Google servers. The application turned out to be very noisy and annoying.
The program works with a list of IP addresses published by Google itself, associated with many of the company’s services, but not associated with the Google Cloud cloud infrastructure.
Whenever a user’s computer contacts one of the specified IPs, a beep sounds.
In a video posted on the developer’s Twitter account, the signal sounds literally after typing each character in the Chrome address bar – the browser is looking for options for autocomplete.
When browsing a job search site, almost every click on the page, including expanding and collapsing menu items, is accompanied by a signal.
Hubert’s tests have shown that in the Firefox web browser, data is also often transferred to Google servers.
The Googleteller utility is free and currently only works with Linux-based operating systems (Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, etc.).
The only function of the application is to notify users of how often Google is accessed in the course of daily tasks on the computer.
What conclusions to draw from the information received is up to the users to decide.
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