Skip to comments.Firefox browser to move ahead with ‘Do Not Track’ option
Posted on 06/19/2013 10:48:48 AM PDT by DBCJR
The maker of the popular Firefox browser is moving ahead with plans to block the most common forms of Internet tracking, allowing hundreds of millions of users to limit who watches their movements across the Web, company officials said Wednesday.
The decision comes despite intense resistance from advertising groups, which have argued that tracking is essential to delivering well-targeted, lucrative ads that pay for many popular Internet services. When Firefoxs maker, Mozilla, first publicly suggested that it might limit blocking in February, one advertising executive called it a nuclear first strike against the industry.
Widespread release of the blocking technology remains months away, but Mozilla officials spoke confidently on Wednesday about the growing sophistication of tools they are building to limit the placement of cookies in the browsers of individual users.
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Doesn’t the Firefox addon “Ghostery” do pretty much the same thing?
Duckduckgo.com also advertises its privacy features
I have to wonder if even onion routing can spoof NSA snooping...
I’ve got No Script in place to stop at least some of that foolishness.
And this stops the vacuuming at the router/ISP level how?
I use Ghostery, DoNotTrackMe, BetterPrivacy, NoScript — there is some overlap but no single one is adequate (also, many functions beyond blocking tracking).
Yes. Don't browse a web page without it. How do I benefit from having a Google Analytics cookie on a webpage? Out it goes! And some web sites have a couple dozen similar trackers.
Being tracked across multiple websites by the same ad servers is like having the NSA rifle through my mail and pick out which junk mail I should read first based on my phone records.
FF already has that, sort of.
Under Options >> Privacy
is a checkbox ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked’
I use abine.com’s DoNotTrackMe (free and it works with FF and IE).
DD-WRT does a good job if you use high-security passwords.
I use KeePass and generate a 256-bit password with letters, numbers, spaces, symbols, and ASCII characters. I can only access my router from home by copying the password from the KeePass database on my encrypted thumb drive which is paired to the TPM chip in my desktop which is powered off when it’s not in use.
It’s not fool proof by any means, but if someone really wanted my shit, they’d have to work for it.
This effort is targeted against commercial tracking at the desktop level.
Those eyes, Those eyes!
It’s vacuumed today and analyzed whenever they need it.
In 10 years they may very well have the ability to read it in real time. They, after all, have all our tax dollars to spend on that.
I also have a DD-WRT router but think he was referring to routers at the ISP level.
We’ve seen now that that’s largely the same thing as governmental tracking at the desktop level.
That, too. First one I install! Just the other night noted that several pages would not even finish loading on an old memory-constrained laptop without Adblock installed. Noscript also saved a chunk of memory.
Ghostery works in Opera, too.