Skip to comments.Interesting add-on for Firefox - Collusion
Posted on 03/03/2012 6:52:18 PM PST by djf
I just installed the "Collusion" add-on to Firefox. Anybody else tried this one?
It shows a graphic of websites that are supposedly tracking you when you open a page.
So far, FR is clean. Rense IS NOT! Neither is Drudge!
Not sure exactly what it means by "websites that are tracking me". Cookies? One of those weird pixel thingamajigs?
I may leave it installed, I might trash it, not sure yet...
I installed it this morning. FR is about as clean as they come. It’ll be nice when they upgrade and allow us to delete the cookies right from the page.
I haven’t used it, but DNT+ (Do not Track Plus) has been up and running on Firefox ever since I heard about it here.
Seems to work very well. BTW, I allow websites like FR to track me with Google Analytics.
I strongly suggest both of you try NoScript, if you aren’t already doing so.
Wondering... if you add those things that pop up to your LMHOSTS file will it block them? Still not sure what it means by “they are tracking me”...
I recently installed a similar add-on that works with both Firefox and IE.
It is called DoNotTrack+ from http://abine.com.
I just did an upgrade and it stopped 25 Google trackers.
What does NoScript do?
Already got it. I’m inclined to think that some places have figured out a way to turn it off for their site if you temporarily allow scripts for that site. I go out about every other day and check through the things that are allowed by Noscript and delete anything I’m not sure about.
Basically I think they mean that when you visit a site, other sites are alerted to your web surfing habits. I know that some of them are basically market research sites.
One example of how you know someone is watching is through ads customized to your interests. For instance, I’m a Santorum supporter so I get Santorum ads everywhere. I visit lots of photography and photoshop sites so I get ads for camera and photo editing software all the time.
What is the downside to adding this? Is it a monthly fee?
So I installed DNT.
Collusion is now telling me that DNT is tracking me!!!
DoNotTrack is free.
Ghostery also works well.
yup, and now, instead of google, or facebook or twitter trackign us, DNT is trackign us and selling the info to advertisors- Swell-
Thanks to your graphic, I now got Imageshack tracking me!
Actually, mail-wise, I still use Outlook Express and he does things with a POP3 server interface so never actually has to use HTTP protocol to the server. So I can get my mail with no conditions...
careful though, some of these things don't play well together and some do the same thing.
Also, Screw Google, don't use it anymore, try "duckduckgo"....
Second Ghostery along with no-script.
I switched to them and "startpage".
You should try a Tracking Software Blocker by Abine.I’m using it and it says I had One Company,Google Analytics tracking Me.The Software Blocked it though so its not a problem.
Wow. I got Collusion, and the thing looked like a star chart from Star Trek. Then I d/l’ed DNT+ and Collusion is dead space. Nice thread....
Yep...Ghostery is good.
It says to close IE to continue setup. So I ‘x’ out of IE and click ‘continue’ but I keep getting a popup that says IE is still running. I thought when I ‘x’ed out and was lookng at my monitor and the icon, IE was closed?
One of these days, stupid folk will realise that the United States Postal Service doesn’t track anyones contacts.
Try to form a militia via internet...Sheesh!
Also try PROXPN, it’s free.
Yeah amazing what hypocrites they continue to be day in and day out.
LOL! I have to ask... Did you just Rick Roll me?
That “Albine” thing keeps looping back to the “Internet Explorer is not closed” popup and like an idiot I keep clicking ‘retry’.
Heh.. Ya got me!
Apps will inform on each other!
I visited sites for my sister and niece and my brother-in-laws dad and I see ads all over the blogs and stuff for those things I searched for!
I just added it to my browser, DNT... and I have no idea how to view these reports... I left and right clicked but nothing happens
My AVG just said it was a virus or something
I saw no reports so I assume it doesn’t work for me. So how do I remove it?
Hey, bud. So, I installed Collusion last night and played with it for a while. Pretty cool how it shows the tracking relationships in graphic form.
One little problem, though. The icon for it was residing in a little tool bar that it installed at the bottom of my screen. I hate extra tool bars, so I hit the little x on the left hand side to close it. Now I can’t find the Collusion thingy to save my life. I’ve looked everywhere, but no luck.
Did I delete it, or something?
The development of this program is sponsored by the Ford Foundation. These folks are not know for their love of Americans, liberty or human life in any way, shape or form.
They are probably using it for their own radical political and social tracking. Don’t want google to get one up on them.
Do we know this, or is this just supposition?
I think people are getting the wrong idea...
You are already being tracked by websites...be it simple Access logs or by cookies and other info harvesters.
This does plug-in does not track you - it just represents the tracking graphically. (and reveal the “Collusion” of sites tracking you)
Example - When you visit a website - look down in the lower left...you’ll see all the surrogate info collectors flashing by in the status bar (googleanalytics, quantserve, adyeild to name some common ones) - thats the stuff you’ll see in the graph.
If you’re using NoScript or something similar - you probably will appear as untracked - (or you would hope)
If the Ford Foundation wants data - they can just buy it from google - thats how they make money(one of the ways). If anything there blowing the whistle on a lot of info harvesting that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Why buy the data from google if you are a big fat global social engineer and can create own data collection operation?
I rebooted and finally got the program installed.
Damn. I am old and get easily frustrated sometimes.
I’m looking forward to seeing how well this thing works.
I use GHOSTERY for Firefox and it is showing 1
On my version of FF the icon is up next to the URL box.
Wouldn’t it be cool if the installation gave you several possible places to place the icon?
Take a look at TrackerBlock from http://www.privacychoice.org/
It is called DoNotTrack+ from http://abine.com.
Very good program, I suggest ever-one give it a try. Can’t stop all Mal-ware, but ever bit helps, and “do not track” prevents add-ware.
Hmm... I have the latest version of FF, but I only have the Ghostery icon and my video downloader visible in the address toolbar. Ah well, finding Collusion is way down on my list of priorities right now.
Cool tool, though. Thanks for turning me on to it.