Network connects (or else)


#1

Atom makes connects to google analytics (www-google-analytics.l.google.com:443) and atom.io (atom.io:443) on startup. If I don’t let it do that, it crashes right away.

Atom also makes connects to developer.google.com (also 443) and other google addresses from time to time.

I am worried that my editor phones home about my usage and what I do with it. I haven’t been able to find an explanation for this - so I will stop using it for now, because of that. Anyone have a good reason why google needs to know about my development activities?

kaspar


Atom crashes on connection failure
#2

You should be able to disable the metrics package to prevent sending any of the metrics data.


#3

The very first time you open Atom, it welcomes you with a text message telling you about the Google Analytics integration.

I do agree, however, that opting out of this should be easier (and, ideally, opt-in and not opt-out).


#4

Thanks for the help. That indeed does disable all the google interaction. The interaction with atom.io can be blocked without a crash, so I am happy.


#5

I think it makes sense for the beta to be opt-out. The whole point of a beta is to do all the sciency stuff to make the software better, so they need metrics. But the stable, once we get one, should most definitely be opt-in.

Judging form the atom/metrics repo, the data they collect is pretty innocent. Has anyone done any sniffing to double check that Atom is being as nice as we think?