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Old Aug 16th 2010, 02:30 PM
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I'm curious what tools/software people use...

I just found this Firefox Add-on...

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11073/

It gives some very explicit information about every site one visits. I really like it.
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Old Aug 16th 2010, 09:19 PM
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I use google chrome with un-chrome and minimal add-ons. If I'm genuinely interested in privacy, I make use of a secure proxy server, though that doesn't happen very often.
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Old Sep 18th 2010, 12:30 PM
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I'm curious what tools/software people use...

I just found this Firefox Add-on...

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11073/

It gives some very explicit information about every site one visits. I really like it.
For the record, I retract this recommendation. I've since removed this Firefox add-on as it appears using was massively increasing the number of tracking cookies and malware infections.

I averaged only a very small number of such infections prior to using that add-on. After installing it, I noticed that my other software was eliminating 100's of infections every couple of days. After removing that add-on, I'm back down to small single-digit numbers.

I also use several different programs to scan/clean tracking cookies and malware so this doesn't appear to be a fluke.

And for the record, I strongly recommend the Advanced System Care software that Americano recommended in another thread. The registry fixer alone is worth using that product, but I've found that its ability to hunt down and kill tracking cookies and malware is as as good as every other program as well.
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Do you use the freeware version or have you paid for the advanced version? Just curious.
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Old Sep 19th 2010, 10:08 AM
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Do you use the freeware version or have you paid for the advanced version? Just curious.
I just used the basic freeware version.
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Old Sep 19th 2010, 09:48 PM
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Still freeware version here. It works fine for me.
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With these recent hysteria reports that the NSA (National Security Agency) is using sophisticated monitoring techniques to track foreign terrorists hacking into American computing networks, it seems that social opinion tends to favor an inquiry into the macro-grid properties of the Internet.

Most tracking technologies employ word frequency or counting techniques to identify stations or sources of data. Credit card companies and solicitors use such technologies but so can private hackers or, theoretically, terrorists.

MaskMe is a nice home Internet security tool for the average consumer.

You don't want to feel paranoid renting a Hollywood (USA) movie such as "Ghost in the Machine" (1993) on Netflix (the Internet movie rental service).


Another simple thing you can do is refresh your browser and clear your cookies, so tracking bugs have a more difficult time storing information about your navigation habits.







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Old Oct 16th 2014, 10:41 PM
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Here's another note:

A lot of monitoring was increased with the rising popularity of Google, since its cookies are easier to track supposedly.

Should this make us more wary about using Google?

There's just so much traffic that it feels like we need an angel to guard our privacy. Unfortunately hackers understand this, and they keep abreast of Internet grids as much as the layman or the NSA.


Mozilla Firefox is much better than Safari and Internet Explorer, and arguably as good as Google Chrome. If Firefox is offering the right wall-security add-ons, then it's the right access tool/browser for home computer use.

"Anonymizers (such as Proxify) act as a man in the middle while you're browsing the Web, handling communications between your PC and the website you want to access anonymously. If you do everything correctly, the target website only sees information from the anonymizing service, so it can't identify your home IP address or other personal information" (source: pcworld.com).

You can also hide your IP address with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or use the free Mozilla extension NoScript.


Here's a good market security software and an education information link too:












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