More privacy please
by Tarek Ziadé
It became extremely annoying for me to get targeted ads, since I do most of my shopping online, even groceries. I am a great target for advertising operators 🙂
Google seems to be very transparent about letting you opt-out third party cookies as a logged-in user, there’s a page for this here. You can also make sure your web history is disabled on this page.
But I don’t want to chase options on every online service I use, just to opt-out and protect my privacy. All these options should be off by default in my opinion, or at least you should be warned, no ? I don’t know if it’s still accurate but there’s a law in Europe for this.
Anyways, this is not a new problem. But I realized that while I was shocked by how cookies could breach your privacy +10 years ago, I was not taking any action to protect myself. Let’s fix this.
I am trying to fine-tune my browser and change my search habits to make sure I am leaking as less data as possible.
Here’s a list of actions I have done, if you have better ideas please comment, I’ll try to keep that list up-to-date.
- Use Firefox and disable third-party cookies.
- Activate Do Not Track – there’s now a good list of ads companies that should honor it.
- Install Cookie Monster to get more control on cookies.
- Install the Ghostery plugin to detect and block ads scripts. It’s pretty enlightening.
- Install HTTPS Everywhere. (nothing really a counter-measure for data leaking but it’s safer – use it!)
I have also decided to give a shot to duckduckgo.com instead of google.com for search. They don’t track at all. You can install the ssl search bar add-on and also tweak your Awesome bar so it uses it too (I set it to https://duckduckgo.com/?q= and it seems to work).
It’s been a week of Duck Duck Going, and I like it so far. It’s refreshing to use a new search engine. I have not suffered from bad results so far — nothing compared to what made me move from Altavista to Google a very long time ago 😀
And oh… nooo.. what now.. Browser Fingerprint ??!
Why is this on your Python feed?
Because I think it can be interesting to share with my friends in the Python community.
If you dare to often add rules in the first days, after installing, take a look onto RequestPolicy which blocks third party requests: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/requestpolicy/ You can also go with the suggest default ones.
I use the NoScript plugin in FireFox, seems to work very good
Does this mean you aren’t using Gmail any longer?
not any longer as of today 🙂
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@Bas, Archaeopteryx: thanks, will try ou
@Mark Jones, yeah unfortunately I do. I can still skip ads by using another imap client with the gmail account, but that’s a massive data leak indeed.
Lurking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_webmail_providers
For websearch I suggest you to give a try to seeks, it’s a freesoftware with a new approach and interesting approach: http://www.seeks-project.info/site/
In a nutshell the objective is to gather people that do the same kind of search together for social filtering and enhancement and it’s decentralised.
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