So, I just re-downloaded Comodo Dragon today - version 126.96.36.199. I’ve been using it for a few hours now. I can confirm opening CD incognito mode does not contact *.1e100.net. I have also surfed a few sites paying attention to connections to *.1e100.net and I’ve found only legitimate connections called by the particular website. Otherwise, I can no longer re-produce the original post concerns.
I’ve got the following settings enabled:
Do not allow websites to know where you came from (suppress HTTP Referrer header)
1e100.net <—I tried putting this in the address bar and nothing came up, so I googled it.
What is 1e100.net?
1e100.net is a Google-owned domain name used to identify the servers in our network.
Following standard industry practice, we make sure each IP address has a corresponding hostname. In October 2009, we started using a single domain name to identify our servers across all Google products, rather than use different product domains such as youtube.com, blogger.com, and google.com. We did this for two reasons: first, to keep things simpler, and second, to proactively improve security by protecting against potential threats such as cross-site scripting attacks.
Yes, that’s correct. It is Google’s telemetry and tracking system domain used by most all of its services. The concern here is Comodo Dragon was connecting with servers hosted at 1e100.net without any user interaction or visitation of websites.
This causes privacy concerns for folks who choose not to be a part of Google’s tracking, graphing, marketing and surveillance products, but want to enjoy using a Chromium-based web browser.
Exactly. I really like the Chromium experience. But, I don’t want Google spyware. I and other folks choose to dance around the Google telemetry as much as possible. There is no way I want any single company to know so much about me. I choose digital diversification and encryption. I choose not to get into Tor kind of things… yet.
I think it would be in Comodo’s best interest to at least be transparent about which CD features phone home to wherever, so the user has the ability to opt out if they so choose. Not a lot of folks dive this deeply, but they may understand the importance of online privacy. Therefore, marketing a secure, private web browser based on open source Chromium to the least common denominator benefits all.
It would also behoove Comodo to publish their Dragon source code to the public, like they do with Ice Dragon (which is based on Firefox).
This is turning into a great discussion, actually.