Just when I suggested on diablog here, that you install some privacy enhancing add-ons in Firefox, there comes an update. And I highly recommend you install the update. You are using Firefox, aren’t you?
The newest version of Firefox has a wonderful feature. It blocks some tracking. If you open a ‘new private window’, automatically some trackers are blocked. What you see then looks something like this:
Firefox uses the blacklist from Disconnect, which I had mentioned here. You can still run the PrivacyBadger. The Privacybadger uses a heuristic approach to detect and block trackers, not a blacklist.
Why did the Mozilla Foundation, which provides Firefox, add this?
For years Firefox had a feature called ‘Request that sites not track you’. You can find it in ‘Preferences’ under ‘Privacy’. But the advertising industry ignored it. The fact that you did not want to be tracked did not mean anything to them. Basically, the advertising industry thought: fuck you. We will make money with your data, whether you want it or not. Nice, isn’t it?
So what do you do with shmocks, who refuse to listen? Correct, you hit them where it hurts, their wallet. And this is what Mozilla just did, slightly less hard, than I suggested.
By the way, our stupid senate passed CISA, formerly known as CISPA, the law that allows for data sharing between internet companies and the US government for spying on you. Reducing tracking data helps you to be a little bit less traceable. So, go ahead an update your Firefox, please.
Have wonderful day, enjoy your internet browsing, and stay tuned,