Zerush

Zerush wrote

I think that the problem are not the ads, but it's a problem with personalized ads by user surveillance. That is selling your privacy, only to see specific ads which Google think that it's interesting for you (and selling this data to others to make more money) This is the violation of basic user rights and should not be a means of making money from a company. There are many other options to earn money online than trafficking in private data and even putting its security at risk.

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Zerush wrote

I use uBO filter lists among others in the inbuild ad/trackerblocker of the browser and Trace I use also Site Bleacher, which remove all the data from websites you visit, except from whitelisted, cookies, local storages, IndexedDBs, service workers, cache storages, filesystems and webSQLs All these are complementary, no redundances there.

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Zerush wrote

Tech review comment

Adnauseam is not a privacy addon. Connecting to advertising/tracking domains doesn't "hurt" them, obfuscation does not work. It gives them information on you regardless of the content. Giving these domains your ip/browser fingerprint is the opposite of privacy.

Adnauseam is at best an attempt at online activism, but it in no way protects your privacy. Blocking these domains is the only method that can ensure your privacy.

In my opinion the app is snake oil, plain and simple. They keep trying to push their shitty apps on privacy subs through native advertising and i'm sure some people fall for it.

I use uBlock Origin and Trace, which is the best option

There are also other, which is ery good, but it's proprietary soft: CyDec, capable to obfuscate all your data, using random values. But I think Trace do enough in this aspect.

https://www.cydecsecurity.com

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Zerush wrote (edited )

I use Vivaldi and sometimes UR and FF. As extensions I mainly use Trace and Site Bleacher. Also uBlock Origin in FF, in Vivaldi I don't need with its own blockers where are also the filterlists from uBO and others. In Android also Vivaldi and naturally OpenSource apps from F-Droid as much as possible, proprietary only an app for medical appointments, that I need as an old retiree that I am.

Because of this I use Windows10 (tuned, without telemetries and other spy-crap it has by default). Well, at least it has the biggest catalogue of FOSS of all OS.

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Zerush wrote (edited )

I adree with this points and he certainly didn't have any bad intentions against your views. I only intend to clarify and make a few points on an important topic. About Mozilla, if you look at the analysis below, apart from Google analytics, you will also find Alphabet Inc, a Google company, dedicated to disseminating content for advertising companies and which is the tracker that Mozilla uses. I always prefer OpenSource applications, but I know that, what many say, 'what is not FOSS = Crap' or 'FOSS is synonymous with privacy and security', which in my opinion is false, this is not the purpose of OpenSource by default and also dangerous to believe, I know from my own experience.

The many eyes that monitor a FOSS cannot be generalized, since if it is complex applications, they can have millions of lines of code.

In the field of browsers, we are talking about mainly 3 engines, Gecko, WebKit and Blink, the basis for around 100 browsers and another 70 that were discontinued.

In the vast majority, they are forks that make each other with small changes and putting their own logo, because major changes are impossible to make by any developer alone and is reserved for more numerous and active teams or communities, given the complexity of the product, not even talking about maintenance, which is mainly limited to patching holes and bugs that are found later.

Many fall by the wayside for this reason, in a fairly saturated market dominated by the Big 4 (well, Mozilla not so much anymore, currently in freefall, which is sad).

PD, Maybe usefull for you, Blacklight is very usefull to check webs, despite it discover only the most used Tracking tecnics and naturally can't check sites, which need an account to enter (Facebok, f.Ex.). You can ad it also to your search engines list you use

https://themarkup.org/blacklight?url=%s

For Android apps is recomended to use Exodus Privacy, which permits to check the apps you use.

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Zerush wrote (edited )

Ok, as I say before, it,s not directly related to the article, but generally surveillance is a problem. That moderators read reported posts is clear, but that this is also done by the Facebook company it is also a fact. APIs of Google, Facebook and others are foss and you can find them in GitHub (Microsoft). Also true that Mozilla use trackers from Google, see Blacklight analyse of Mozilla.

Blacklight detected this website sending user data to Alphabet, the technology conglomerate that encompasses Google and associated companies like Nest. The Silicon Valley giant collects data from twice the number of websites as its closest competitor, Facebook.

OpenSource is private as the author pretend it, same as in closed source, specified in the PP of the product, which nobody read. Secure is only a product which has a regulary maintenance, FOSS discontinued (a lot) or poorly atended is un magnet for any kind of malware (I know). A hacker don't need inverse engineering to find security holes in open source codes.

Yes, the public has access to the source code, but how many users are able to read and check hundreds of thousands of lines of code and also check related external resources? If the vast majority do not even read the TOS and the PP.

What privacy is there, without going any further, in Chromium if it is used as is? Chromium is from Google and FOSS.

The main reason for OpenSource is technical, advantageous for the development of software (or also Hardware), due to the possibility of sharing resources, customizing and making changes to other products.

One last question, if in WhatsApp the messages are supposedly encrypted, inaccessible for WhatsApp itself, as stated in the PP, how then can the mods access it? It doesn't add up to me if this is true.

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Zerush wrote (edited )

It is certainly not directly related to the article, with which I also agree, but it is encompassed in this one.. The sublaying problem is the surveillance by great companies generalized, which is a big risk for security and which will destroy the freedom and independence of Internet.

And no, I do not agree on your simile, the simile would be others read all the letters by default, to find one that talks about a murder. It is clear that I go to the police, if I receive a threatening letter, but it is I who wants to read this message in MY correspondence, not someone else to do it for me, the postman or the post office.

Messages and correspondence can only be accessed by third parties by definition, when there is a court order. In this case, it will be the security forces, but never a private company that access or uses the content for its own purposes. It is also not true that an SMS is easier to access than a service like WhatsApp, often used on WiFi networks, in the worst case in a public WiFi in a McDonalds.

It is also not relevant for privacy or security, if the product is OpenSource or not, it depends on the purpose or the type of license it has, many OpenSource products carry tracking APIs from Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, which are also OpenSource. Apart from the security and privacy of the product, its maintenance and the frequency of security updates also influence, even more important in OSS, since hackers can also see the source code to find security holes or to inject all kinds of malware.

Privacy and security is specified in the PP and TOS of this. Mozilla, for example, uses trackers from Google (Alphabet Inc) and others to create its revenue. OpenSource has many advantages over development, customization, and the ability to use and share code for other products, but believing that FOSS stands for privacy and security is a huge mistake that many make.

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