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.
I don’t want this to sound insulting but there is little way around it.
Considering that the NSA/Google hire the absolute BEST coders on planet earth to manage/write the tracking/infiltration codes for the WAREHOUSES filled with CRAY and similar super computers, trying to stop them with code written by glorified script kiddies available for free download is not sound thinking.
Also works on Opera:
Is one better than the other(especially for a novice)? I know it depends on the router, but what are the advantages/disadvantages of using these over stock firmware?
DD-WRT for me. DD-WRT has been in development longer and has a larger support group, IMO. Admittedly, I’ve not played with Tomato.
Stock firmware limits what your router can do to what the vendor wants it to do. DD-WRT maximizes the resources to allow for QoS (Quality of Service), virtual WAPs, logging, and tighter security. Many of them support CIFS sharing if your router has a USB port.
The chance of bricking your router is non-existent if you follow the instructions to the letter. I’ve installed DD-WRT on no fewer than 50 routers in the last 2 years with absolutely no failures. If it’s supported, it’ll work.
Agree on AdBlock Plus. It’s a must have. Also check out their pop-up blocker which is amazing for many foreign news sites.
They should make a cookie dump that tosses trackers once you leave a site.
Better yet, they should should create TOR and VPN with like services.
Won’t fix the login issues but, will make the tracking of machines at or beyond the of”Edge” difficult
You read my article.
Did high tech for a living for years.
But, I did read your article and agreed with it.
This doesn’t stop the government spies, just the corporate spies who are doing much the same thing. I remember a long time ago, American Online was very big on intensely tracking its users and anybody who entered their Internet turf.
Since then, it has gotten out of control. So many corporations want to track you that it’s surprising you are able to surf the web at all. At the same time, anti-tracking has become an industry in and of itself.
Right now, I am using:
AVG Do Not Track (came with the free antivirus)
Adblock Plus (Firefox add-on)
Betterprivacy (Firefox add-on against “super cookies”)
Then at intervals I use:
Adobe Website Storage Setting Panel (control panel on website), against Flash cookies.
Malwarebytes anti-malware freeware.
SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition
Spybot Search & Destroy freeware.
And finally, using registry repair software is a good idea, as after cleaning up and deleting a lot of bad stuff, there are often remnants polluting your registry.
I am not qualified to answer that although I did read a little about Tomato before installing DD-WRT. I needed custom firmware to run an adblocking script (of all things) for Goggle-TV browsing (Logitech Revue) which doesn’t support ad-ons in Chrome.
“one advertising executive called it a nuclear first strike against the industry”
Well, boo friggin’ hoo. I don’t think anyone really pays much attention to internet ads anyway. They are annoying, disruptive, and easily muted, skipped, or ignored, if not blocked entirely. These ad agencies are defrauding clients by saying the ad got 100,000 views, when they know those figures are grossly inflated.
OK, thanks for the information. I just picked up a cheap Belkin(model-F7D7302)for about $18, just for something to mess around with. Been having connectivity issues with an old Netgear WNR2000(v1)that(from what I’ve read anyway)does not support the alternative firmware. Might be changing ISP soon so wanted to hold off getting something newer/more expensive, for now.
Thanks. I have saved your info.
there is a commercial product you can get for this now
it is “free” because its makers want to “protect” you by having you passed through their servers, from which you might get some ads placed in your browsers web pages, and you’d be given phony IP addresses, mutliple times before final destination, and then
THEY’d keep track of all that data on your Internet activity on THEIR servers
promising it will ONLY be used to help improve your Internet experience and keeping OTHERS (besides them) from tracking you
the come-on was pretty good, at first, and then the closer I got to a commitment the more I learned and the more I smelled a rat
then, as I backed out, I found their disclaimer that there were tools that some trackers can use to get past what that outfit would be doing to keep me “trackless”
and for that I should let THEM keep track of me and database the whole thing on their servers??? so that THEY can figure out how best to give me to the advertizing world instead of Google?? Nah.
OK, think I’ll be going with DD-WRT as well. Thanks.
Yep...fast and effective...Been using it for a couple of years...
Is there any programs similar to MRU Blaster?
This is only an unenforced request.
So... What does that “Do Not Track” box (from ‘Tools”) I’ve been checking whenever I logged onto Firefox for the past 2 years do?
I’ve been using abine for my IE for years. They finally have it for Firefox now?
CCleaner does a pretty damn good job at covering your tracks if you need something to just purge all of your cached data.
That old NetGear isn’t in the support list, so it’s not likely to work with DD-WRT (most likely due to RAM/FLASH size constraints).
The F7D7302 IS supported and on the K26 (NEWD) firmware.
All of the instructions are there. Just do a little reading and make sure you’ve got everything printed out you need just in case anything problematic happens. You WILL enjoy it.
Can you use firefox on Mac’s?
Alternately, you could make more use of FireFox’s “private browsing” feature. In “private” mode, cookies do not get saved, which eliminates one big way in which companies track you.
I use it and MRU. I was wondering if there was another similar program since MRU hasn’t been updated in 6 years.
I’d never used MRU. I like the concept, but I default to keeping my personal data including browsing history, etc. under lock and key with encryption. No program in production today can effectively wipe your entire OS clean of incriminating information if you’re up to no good. Unless you’re using SSDs with a secure wipe application running from a bootable USB drive that you can run before the fuzz breaks down your doors, they WILL get your information.
Aside from Linux, it’s almost impossible to run an OS without Internet connectivity these days.
I’m not concerned with someone seeing what’s on the hardrive or what websites I’ve been looking at, they can see that from my internet server if they are that curious. I just want to erase the unneeded crap that gets loaded in the memory and stored for ever and ever on my PC.
There’s cookies now that stay on our hardrives when you clear them and when you go back to a website they record that you have been there before. I imagine that’s valuable to some marketing manager somewhere but not to me. So I don’t want that cookie on my PC.
I have gone thru my registry and reduced most MRU’s to store just to store two or three items. Some of them had twenty spaces. I think Google was one of them. MRU Blaster cleans them out when you use it. I use it and CCleaner everytime I shut down the PC.
How do you run the encryption?
If your motherboard supports a TPM (Trusted Platform Module), I suggest you get one. You may already have one if your machine is new. The TPM is a uniquely hashed security device that mates your computer to a specific encryption algorithm. Any encrypted disks created locally or on a USB disk must use that TPM to decrypt the hash. If that TPM key doesn’t exist, it’s impossible to decrypt the encrypted data (unless you have a quantum computing cluster and a few years of time to devote to brute-forcing the key).