Skip to comments.Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web
Posted on 10/25/2013 6:41:56 AM PDT by Red Badger
There is going to be a burdgeoning market for tools to expose digital snooping. And, unfortunately, for fake tools that are merely trojan horses.
The new Lightbeam software from Mozilla, the team behind the Firefox browser, claims to be a watershed moment in the battle for web transparency
Reminds me of the COLLUSION add on for FIREFOX.
Thanks for the heads up !
What we need next is a jamming device to ZOT the damned NSA, FBI, IRS, and other punitive tentacles of the most evil Government Administration that the damn anti-Liberty Democrats have ever imposed upon us.
Partial Government Control is Socialism.
Total Government Control is Communism.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. (Karl Marx).
Its available now.
I’ve got it but am not sure of what value it is.
Doesn’t Ghostery do the same thing?
I can understand the fear and paranoia but there are simple concepts to understand.
Tracking cookies are used by advertisers (and who knows who else) but they are also used to obtain and keep a profile at the sites you visit regularly. Unless you want to log in manually every time you visit a website, cookies are something of a must. However, most browsers let you disable cookies if you so choose.
Programs also exist to mask your IP address or hide anonymity behind a firewall. If you’re paranoid or extra security conscious, you can hide behind those as well.
Finally, no matter what technology is out there, somebody who wants badly enough to get your data can get it. Don’t type things on the internet you wouldn’t admit to in public - especially at your place of business. The business owner has every right to monitor your e-mails, web traffic and tweets done at the workplace so if you think a site might be objectionable to your bosses (including Free Republic), don’t go there.
For the record, my last two employers I have refrained from visiting FR at the workplace because I’m not completely sure but that there could be some form of retribution over it. Both employers are rather fond of Bambi but I needed the job after being unemployed for a year.
IOW, be smart and don’t post what you don’t want in the public domain.
I don’t find it on the Mozilla site yet.
I downloaded Lightbeam from the link below. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lightbeam/
See post #15 for the download link to Lightbeam.
Thanks. I installed it, where do i see what it does?
the screen shots look a lot like “collusion”.
About this Add-on
Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user. Using three distinct interactive graphic representations Graph, Clock and List Lightbeam enables you to examine individual third parties over time and space, identify where they connect to your online activity and provides ways for you to engage with this unique view of the Web.
How Lightbeam Works
When you activate Lightbeam and visit a website, sometimes called the first party, the add-on creates a real time visualization of all the third parties that are active on that page. The default visualization is called the Graph view. As you then browse to a second site, the add-on highlights the third parties that are also active there and shows which third parties have seen you at both sites. The visualization grows with every site you visit and every request made from your browser. In addition to the Graph view, you can also see your data in a Clock view to examine connections over a 24-hour period or in a List view to drill down into individual sites.
How You Can Use Lightbeam to Help Us Illuminate the Inner Workings of the Web
As a part of Lightbeam, we're creating a big-picture view of how tracking works on the Internet, and how third-party sites are connected to multiple other sites. You may contribute your data to our crowdsourced directory by simply turning on the share switch within the add-on. To disable crowdsourcing, you can turn it off at any time. You can view your local data stored within Lightbeam at any time, or save your data by clicking the "Save" button under the data section on the left side of the add-on.
How is my information stored?
As a default, all info generated and used for Lightbeams visualizations and features are only stored locally on your computer. You can save a copy of your connection history at any time, which is also where you can see the specific data collected by the add-on. You may also reset Lightbeam to erase your locally stored connection history, disable it to stop data collection or uninstall it to instantly remove all locally stored data related to Lightbeam. Additional information related to Lightbeams file format is available here
The origins of Lightbeam
Lightbeam began in July 2011 as Collusion, a personal project by Mozilla software developer Atul Varma. Inspired by the book The Filter Bubble, Atul created an experimental add-on to visualize browsing behavior and data collection on the Web.
In February 2012, Gary Kovacs, Mozilla CEO at the time, introduced the Collusion add-on in a TED talk (now one of the most watched TED talks) about exposing online tracking.
In September 2012, Mozilla joined forces with students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design to develop and implement visualizations for the add-on. With the support of the Ford Foundation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Collusion has been re-imagined as Lightbeam and was launched in the fall of 2013.
To read more about the collaboration, please visit http://www.simcentre.ca
..had any alerts yet?
Type in “lightbeam” in the add-on search section.
This is interesting. Although I don’t use Google as a search engine, four third-party Google symbols appeared when I went to Breitbart.
DATA GATHERED SINCE
Oct 25, 2013
YOU HAVE VISITED
YOU HAVE CONNECTED WITH
26 THIRD PARTY SITEs
Thanks! The problem is that they don’t have it for Seamonkey yet. They’ll get around to it.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his usefulness. (ObaMarx).
I installed this but can’t seem to find it when I enter websites. How were you able to access this program?
Thanks in advance,
Seems like every time I use CCleaner or Glary Utilities to clean my registry there is a Google component there to remove. I remove it and it comes right back, no matter what.
The Google people are better than the NSA at getting info. Of course they are. They are not government workers..........
In Firefox, I run
They each do similar blocking of tracking cookies, but they each seem to have unique features/blocking.
I’m in the process of creating a comprehensive overview and
visual usage guide for Lightbeam that I will post in response to your query as soon as I am done. Please expect to have it posted within the next 20 minutes or so.
Very informative and useful comment. Thank you.
:) Can you elaborate? Bottom line?
I think I went to View, then to the add-on toolbar to make it visible, then to the little triangle with smaller triangles thingy to click on it. Then you mess around with the formatting or whatever you call it. (Can you tell I’m not a techie lol?)
The next step is for you to activate the Lightbeam visual guide.
In the page immediately following the information, you will see
a black line in the center of the page.
Follow the black line in the center of the page, to the bottom right corner.
Notice the triangular icon as indicated by the red circle, blue arrow. If you see
the triangular icon that means Lightbeam is installed.Click the icon and the
Lightbeam Visual Map will appear. It's best to extend the page to full screen mode.
So, there you have it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you! That should about cover it!
Could be rather, uh, revealing to those that haven’t disabled cookies and clear any that may sneak in when you close your browser. Funny, I don’t think I get any from FR. LOL! Only the shadow knows. Or at least it used to be only the shadow.
It is Collusion, as you probably already discovered for yourself.
Bottom line to me is that it’s a pretty cool plug in. Scary at the same time as well, if you let it run for about a month and look at all of the correlations that show up.
Thank you very much for the links. Much obliged.
Not exactly what I was hoping for. I was wondering how they were going to expose the gov’t looking at your stuff.
What I want is something that tells me who all sees my data (like NSA snooping on the wire).
That's easy. They see all of it unless you take extraordinary measures to hide from them. You can only monitor what comes to/from your device, which is basically what this add-on does from within firefox. I think you might be a bit surprised at the information this tool generates.
Something that I think might be useful, would be software that would basically listen in promiscuous mode on your network connection(s) and keep track of to/from for every connection, both incoming and outgoing. Disk space is cheap, as is processing power to break this kind of logging down into something useful.
The downside of it, is such a local database would be very valuable to the snoopers. One stop shopping for all their data needs as it were. You'd have to really trust whoever made the tool to do this.
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