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4 days ago by Marsorbit
GhostText – Get this Extension for 🦊 Firefox (en-US)
Extension to connect browser text fields to external editors
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5 weeks ago by hhriebe
The Fantasy of Opting Out | The MIT Press Reader
Those who know about us have power over us. Obfuscation may be our best digital weapon.
&  Computers  add-ons  ads  anonymity  bigbrother  browsing  data  data_privacy  privacy  science  security  technology 
5 weeks ago by xer0x
How safe is Apple’s Safe Browsing? • A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
Matthew Green:
<p>This morning brings new and exciting news from the land of Apple. It appears that, at least on iOS 13, Apple is <a href="">sharing some portion of your web browsing history with the Chinese conglomerate Tencent</a>. This is being done as part of Apple’s “Fraudulent Website Warning”, which uses the Google-developed Safe Browsing technology as the back end. This feature appears to be “on” by default in iOS Safari, meaning that millions of users could potentially be affected.

As is the standard for this sort of news, Apple hasn’t provided much — well, any — detail on whose browsing history this will affect, or what sort of privacy mechanisms are in place to protect its users. The changes probably affect only Chinese-localized users (<a href="">see Github commits</a>, courtesy Eric Romang), although it’s difficult to know for certain. However, it’s notable that Apple’s warning appears on U.S.-registered iPhones.

Regardless of which users are affected, Apple hasn’t said much about the privacy implications of shifting Safe Browsing to use Tencent’s servers. Since we lack concrete information, the best we can do is talk a bit about the technology and its implications. That’s what I’m going to do below.</p>

This isn't a good look for Apple. Event may have overtaken by the time this appears, but if not it's setting itself up for another week of trouble. China is becoming Apple's tar baby.
apple  china  tencent  browsing 
8 weeks ago by charlesarthur
The Fantasy of Opting Out | The MIT Press Reader
Tor browser, browser plugins TrackMeNot and AdNauseam, which explore obfuscation techniques by issuing many fake search requests and loading and clicking every ad, respectively. he browser extension Go Rando, which randomly chooses your emotional “reactions” on Facebook, interfering with their emotional profiling and analysis.
Playful experiments like Adam Harvey’s “HyperFace” project, finding patterns on textiles that fool facial recognition systems – not by hiding your face, but by creating the illusion of many faces.
security  add-ons  how-to  howto  browsing  anonymity 
11 weeks ago by jeromekatz
Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection • Freedom To Tinker
Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan:
<p>Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections. As researchers who have spent over a decade studying web tracking and online advertising, we want to set the record straight.<br />Our high-level points are:

1) Cookie blocking does not undermine web privacy. Google’s claim to the contrary is privacy gaslighting.

2) There is little trustworthy evidence on the comparative value of tracking-based advertising.

3) Google has not devised an innovative way to balance privacy and advertising; it is latching onto prior approaches that it previously disclaimed as impractical.

4) Google is attempting a punt to the web standardization process, which will at best result in years of delay.

What follows is a reproduction of excerpts from yesterday’s announcement, annotated with our comments.</p>

This is quite a takedown of Google's claims that it would really love to do what Safari and Firefox are doing in terms of cooking blocking, but, uh, it's <em>complicated</em>.
apple  google  firefox  browsing  privacy 
september 2019 by charlesarthur
Amazon Shopping Is Easy. Browsing Is Agonizing - Bloomberg
The e-commerce giant can be clueless about guiding people who aren’t sure what they want, or if they care a lot about how a product looks or works.
ux  browsing  commerce 
july 2019 by lorenzowood
Firefox Containers
A nice system for separating cookies, etc when visiting different websites. Like profiles but simpler
profiles  containers  firefox  privacy  browsing  tootme  identity 
may 2019 by nelson

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