Chrome offers a "prediction service" for faster page loading. It might load some links on a page before you even click on them:
Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly: Browsers use an IP address to load a webpage. When you visit a webpage, Chrome can look up the IP addresses of all the page's links and load the ones you might navigate to next. If you turn this setting on, websites and any embedded content that are pre-loaded may set and read their own cookies as if you had visited them, even if you don't.
The option is in
advanced > privacy > Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly
How vulnerable is it to attacks? Let's say someone sends me a link using Facebook Messenger or Twitter, or on other websites. If this setting is on (which is on by default!) then will Chrome open that link?
Will my IP address get leaked because of this? Maybe opening up my browser to even worse attacks and identity leaks?
I just don't understand how can this not be a major security flaw, am I missing something? Is there any protection against these type of attacks in this service if I leave it on?