I’ve never imagined that this blog would degenerate into so much rant about technology — maybe is it something about the 13 in 2013 ? Or am I becoming grumpy as I age ? (My detractors would reply that I’ve always been grumpy).
I have Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox installed on my MacBook, since more than twenty years have passed since the inception of the Web, and still designers can’t agree which browser to support (and browser makers can’t agree to which standards to commit). I switch defaults every few months, as I get fed up with the inconveniences du jour. Safari is the current default.
Now the horror story: whenever I open Chrome, it asks me to have access to the keys of one of my blogs. A blog whose existence it is not supposed to know. It is not on my bookmarks, it is not on my Google Account, it is not on the browsing history (supposedly — I’ve cleared it “from the beginning of time” — but that probably means that only I don’t have access to it anymore). Yet, every time I open Chrome, it asks me for the keys to the private content of that blog. Twice. So far, I’ve resisted.
I’ve looked around, and there’s a general procedure to solve Chrome keychain indiscretions in OS X, which consists in opening Utilities / Keychain Access, and deleting the Chrome Safe Storage item. The procedure actually works, but it results in Chrome not syncing with the Google Account anymore. If I type my password to link Chrome to the KGB, the interrogatory starts again, meaning that the Central Agency already knows about my secrets.
I might need a double layer on that tin foil heat.
EDIT April, 1st : Victory at last ! I’ve found out deep inside the bowels of Chrome how to delete the information. Hit Chrome’s tools menu (in the upper right corner) and hit Settings (or in a Mac just hit Command+, ). Go to the bottom of the page and click on Show advanced settings. On the Passwords and forms section, click on Managed saved passwords. There you’ll find Chrome’s stash of sites whose passwords it wants to follow. Delete the offending entries (by clicking on the little “x” that appears when you hover), and Chrome you’ll leave you alone.