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Firefox browser to move ahead with ‘Do Not Track’ option
WP ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 12:02 PM | By Craig Timberg,

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 Firefox’s 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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1 posted on 06/19/2013 10:48:48 AM PDT by DBCJR
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To: DBCJR

Doesn’t the Firefox addon “Ghostery” do pretty much the same thing?


2 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:03 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: DBCJR

Duckduckgo.com also advertises its privacy features


3 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:34 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: DBCJR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3cw4185gvM


4 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:51 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

5 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:56 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: DBCJR
There's always been TOR browser, but it's slow.

I have to wonder if even onion routing can spoof NSA snooping...

6 posted on 06/19/2013 10:53:46 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: DBCJR

I’ve got No Script in place to stop at least some of that foolishness.


7 posted on 06/19/2013 10:54:40 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: DBCJR

And this stops the vacuuming at the router/ISP level how?


8 posted on 06/19/2013 10:54:59 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I use Ghostery, DoNotTrackMe, BetterPrivacy, NoScript — there is some overlap but no single one is adequate (also, many functions beyond blocking tracking).


9 posted on 06/19/2013 10:56:59 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Doesn’t the Firefox addon “Ghostery” do pretty much the same thing?

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.

10 posted on 06/19/2013 10:57:13 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: DBCJR

FF already has that, sort of.

Under Options >> Privacy

is a checkbox ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked’

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I use abine.com’s DoNotTrackMe (free and it works with FF and IE).

http://abine.com/


11 posted on 06/19/2013 10:57:27 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Black Agnes

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.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 10:58:11 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Black Agnes

This effort is targeted against commercial tracking at the desktop level.


13 posted on 06/19/2013 10:59:24 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: steve86

Adblock Plus

http://adblockplus.org/en/firefox


14 posted on 06/19/2013 10:59:52 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: KC_Lion

Those eyes, Those eyes!


15 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:12 AM PDT by McGruff (I can't speak to the law here. The law is irrelevant,)
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To: rarestia

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.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:18 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: rarestia

I also have a DD-WRT router but think he was referring to routers at the ISP level.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:25 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: steve86

We’ve seen now that that’s largely the same thing as governmental tracking at the desktop level.


18 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:50 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: TomGuy

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.


19 posted on 06/19/2013 11:02:56 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Ghostery works in Opera, too.


20 posted on 06/19/2013 11:06:12 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: DBCJR

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.


21 posted on 06/19/2013 11:09:18 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: TomGuy

Also works on Opera:

http://adblockplus.org/en/opera


22 posted on 06/19/2013 11:12:35 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: steve86; rarestia
DD-WRT vs. Tomato?

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?

23 posted on 06/19/2013 11:15:22 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

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.


24 posted on 06/19/2013 11:19:20 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: TomGuy; steve86

Agree on AdBlock Plus. It’s a must have. Also check out their pop-up blocker which is amazing for many foreign news sites.


25 posted on 06/19/2013 11:20:44 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: DBCJR

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


26 posted on 06/19/2013 11:22:10 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Black Agnes

Ah, hah.

You read my article.


27 posted on 06/19/2013 11:24:04 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Did high tech for a living for years.

But, I did read your article and agreed with it.


28 posted on 06/19/2013 11:25:20 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: DBCJR

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.

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

Malwarebytes anti-malware freeware.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

http://www.superantispyware.com/

or

Spybot Search & Destroy freeware.

http://www.safer-networking.org/

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.


29 posted on 06/19/2013 11:25:53 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

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.


30 posted on 06/19/2013 11:28:50 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: DBCJR

“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.


31 posted on 06/19/2013 11:33:35 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: rarestia

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.


32 posted on 06/19/2013 11:50:15 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Thanks. I have saved your info.


33 posted on 06/19/2013 11:54:19 AM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

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.


34 posted on 06/19/2013 12:07:43 PM PDT by Wuli (qu)
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To: steve86

OK, think I’ll be going with DD-WRT as well. Thanks.


35 posted on 06/19/2013 12:13:13 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: KC_Lion
Rielle Hunter without the hair dye?


36 posted on 06/19/2013 12:17:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Duckduckgo.com also advertises its privacy features"

Yep...fast and effective...Been using it for a couple of years...

37 posted on 06/19/2013 12:18:27 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: rarestia

Is there any programs similar to MRU Blaster?


38 posted on 06/19/2013 1:01:04 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: TomGuy
Under Options >> Privacy is a checkbox ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked’

This is only an unenforced request.

39 posted on 06/19/2013 1:04:01 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: DBCJR

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?


40 posted on 06/19/2013 1:09:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: TomGuy

I’ve been using abine for my IE for years. They finally have it for Firefox now?


41 posted on 06/19/2013 1:11:30 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: B4Ranch

CCleaner does a pretty damn good job at covering your tracks if you need something to just purge all of your cached data.


42 posted on 06/19/2013 2:37:43 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

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.


43 posted on 06/19/2013 2:41:50 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: DBCJR; All

Can you use firefox on Mac’s?


44 posted on 06/19/2013 3:30:00 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: DBCJR

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.


45 posted on 06/19/2013 5:23:55 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: rarestia

I use it and MRU. I was wondering if there was another similar program since MRU hasn’t been updated in 6 years.


46 posted on 06/19/2013 7:33:16 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

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.


47 posted on 06/20/2013 5:03:53 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

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.


48 posted on 06/20/2013 8:05:11 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: rarestia

How do you run the encryption?


49 posted on 06/20/2013 8:05:56 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

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).


50 posted on 06/20/2013 8:21:30 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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