I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.

I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.

Reddit User, rabicanwoosley suggests uMatrix, described as: “Point & click to forbid/allow any class of requests made by your browser.Do we really need 500 lists going over the same ground again and again ?And beyond some basics, much of your security and privacy is more dependent on your behavior, and that of your friends and family, than on tools.

Waterfox has joined System1

Waterfox has joined System1

Throughout the years people have always asked about Waterfox and privacy, and if they’ve ever wanted more than it can afford, I’ve always pushed them to use Tor. Waterfox was here for customisations and speed, with a good level of privacy.

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Popular right-leaning outlets analyzed by the researchers placed 227 cookies in a user's browser, versus 131 for the median popular left-leaning counterparts., the most popular right-leaning site, placed around 4 percent more cookies in women's browsers than , the most popular left-leaning site as categorized by BuzzFeed.

The fractured future of browser privacy

The fractured future of browser privacy

That existing model allows companies and advertisers at least some access to marketing data; one argument for preserving it is that if browsers become too restrictive, those parties will pull content from the open web and move it to mobile apps instead.

Browse the Telemetry that Firefox collects

Browse the Telemetry that Firefox collects

The Mozilla Firefox web browser, like the majority of browsers available today, collects Telemetry data which Mozilla introduced in Firefox 7 in 2011,.Firefox collects only "non-personal information" such as "performance, hardware, usage, and customizations" according to Mozilla.

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it

Beside a slide that declared "Microsoft loves the Web," Lawrence made the case for the new Edge as a modern browser with some well-designed privacy features, including Microsoft's take on tracking protection, which blocks most trackers in its default setting and can be made more strict, at the potential cost of site compatibility.

Technical analysis of client identification mechanisms

Technical analysis of client identification mechanisms

The other versioning scheme, Last-Modified, suffers from the same issue: servers can store at least 32 bits of data within a well-formed date string, which will then be echoed back by the client through a request header known as If-Modified-Since.

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

While it is arguable that telemetry data isn’t technically “personal data” when it is viewed on its own without other information; however, if there’s a way to link a given set of telemetry data to a particular Firefox browser instance and IP address – and Mozilla just revealed that there is – then that telemetry data all of a sudden becomes the most personal of data.

AmIUnique

AmIUnique

This website aims at studying the diversity of browser fingerprints and providing developers with data to help them design good defenses.Contribute to the efforts by viewing your own browser fingerprint or consult the current statistics of data provided by users around the world!.

Google plans to kill support for third-party cookies that track you all over the internet

Google plans to kill support for third-party cookies that track you all over the internet

15, 2014.Google said Tuesday it plans to end support for third-party cookies, which fuel much of the digital advertising ecosystem, in its Chrome browser within two years.

Firefox attacks: Homeland Security urges all users to update browsers immediately in rare warning

Firefox attacks: Homeland Security urges all users to update browsers immediately in rare warning

The issue is this: Firefox versions for desktop older than the just-patched version contain a critical vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of a user’s entire operating system—whether they use Windows or Mac. More alarming, the vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild, thus Homeland Security stepping in with the urgent plea for users to upgrade.

Please Mozilla, don't touch the user.js functionality in Firefox

Please Mozilla, don't touch the user.js functionality in Firefox

One of the main advantages over Firefox's preferences file is that it has priority and that it is a user-owned file that is left untouched when Mozilla makes changes to the browser.

Mozilla will soon delete Telemetry data when users opt-out in Firefox

Mozilla will soon delete Telemetry data when users opt-out in Firefox

The next stable version of the Firefox web browser, Firefox 72, includes a new option to have collected Telemetry data deleted.The next stable version of the Firefox web browser, Firefox 72, includes a new option to have collected Telemetry data deleted.

‘Couldn’t Sign You In’ — Google Denies Access to Several Linux Browsers

‘Couldn’t Sign You In’ — Google Denies Access to Several Linux Browsers

When users try to access the same site(s) in a major web browser, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, there is no error warning presented and the site loads without issue.

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

The Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the so-called "cloud acceleration" feature is an opt-out service that all Kindle Fire users are automatically enrolled in by default.

Mozilla is ramping up its program to stop snooping ISPs

Mozilla is ramping up its program to stop snooping ISPs

To eliminate the temptation for ISPs to peek, Mozilla began offering a service that encrypts DNS requests and sends them to providers that pledge not to log or share your data, rather than to your ISP’s own, unencrypted DNS server.

Private.sh Privacy Search Engine first look

Private.sh Privacy Search Engine first look

The search engine itself provides a search field on the start page and options to filter by Web/News or by country.

Private.sh release extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox

Private.sh release extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox

has released a Private Search Google Chrome Extension as well as a Private Search Firefox Add-On. The release of these browser extensions allows private search engine users a new layer of control over their private internet searches by having the code stored and run locally.

Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

Google is now banning the popular Linux browsers named Konqueror, Falkon, and Qutebrowser from logging into Google services because they may not be secure.When attempting to do so, we were told to try a different browser as Konqueror or Falkon may not be secure.

How a Chinese Company Built a $250 Million Search Hijacking Empire

How a Chinese Company Built a $250 Million Search Hijacking Empire

However, while TikTok hosts fun and light-hearted content, the Genimous search hijacker extensions are marketed toward users who are seeking a private search engine and who may be surprised that their most sensitive searches are being stored by a Chinese company making promises that it cannot legally keep.

Apple’s Safari privacy features are driving down prices for advertisers at the cost of accuracy

Apple’s Safari privacy features are driving down prices for advertisers at the cost of accuracy

Check out our exclusive stories , reviews , how-tos , and subscribe to our YouTube channel .In the two years since Apple released Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature that keeps websites from tracking users around the web, it looks to have almost totally eliminated the ability for advertisers to market to specific demographics.

Cliqz Search as an Onion Service

Cliqz Search as an Onion Service

We’re great fans of the Tor Project that offers a private, anonymous and secure way to access the Internet with their browser and decentralized network.As a first step, we’re super proud to release our beta search as a Tor onion service.

Avast and AVG Browser Extensions Spying On Chrome and Firefox Users

Avast and AVG Browser Extensions Spying On Chrome and Firefox Users

Over this weekend, Palant reported his findings to both the browser makers, Mozilla, and Google, of which Mozilla took immediate action by temporarily removing the extensions from its Firefox Add-on store within 24 hours until Avast resolves the issue.

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

But DuckDuckGo's tool has one major difference: Rather than populating a list of upgradable sites manually, Smarter Encryption fills it out automatically using the same web crawling smarts built into DuckDuckGo's private search service.

Browsers and privacy

Browsers and privacy

The following browsers were tested: Firefox 70.0.1 (Mozilla Binaries from MX Linux) Firefox ESR 68.2.0 (Debian package) Chromium 78.0.3904.97 (Debian Package) Brave Browser 1.0.0 (Package from Brave web site) Epiphany 3.32.1.2 (Debian package) Midori 7.0 (Debian package) The method itself was relatively simple.

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google confirmed the testing and rollout of this feature in a statement to The Verge, and apologized for the issues:.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.

Google workers sidestepping controversial Chrome tool sparks security worries

Google workers sidestepping controversial Chrome tool sparks security worries

Stephen Shankland/CNET Google is facing a backlash over an internal tool for the company's Chrome browser that some employees worry is intended for spying on workers organizing protests and discussing workplace issues.

Google to implement encrypted DNS, but ISPs want Congress to block it

Google to implement encrypted DNS, but ISPs want Congress to block it

On September 19, a coalition of ISPs sent a letter to Congress voicing concerns that the protocol would centralize Google as the primary DNS lookup provider, virtually shutting out competition.

BBC News launches 'dark web' Tor mirror

BBC News launches 'dark web' Tor mirror

The BBC has made its international news website available via Tor, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts.Instead of visiting or , users of the Tor browser can visit the new bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion web address.