Archive for the ‘privacy’ Category

Firefox Fingerprinting Using Intermediate CA Caching

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Fortunately, the article also describes an easy way to fix this problem …

New browser capabilities and features are designed to improve the user experience or compatibility with technologies. Sometimes, these features may also be used for shady activities such as user tracking. One of the latest of these activities can be used to fingerprint Firefox users using intermediate CA caching.

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Blocking Telemetry in Windows 7 and 8.1

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

If you’re concerned about privacy, (and have a bit of free time on your hands,) you might want to check out this neat trick for managing Microsoft updates and controlling the sort of information that your system is allowed to share.

Microsoft pushed patches to devices running Windows 7 and 8.1 in recent time that collect information and transfer data to Microsoft regularly. One of the main issues that Windows users may have with telemetry is that Microsoft does not reveal what it is collecting, and what is included when telemetry data is transferred to the company. The following tutorial provides suggestions on limiting Windows data collecting and transferring. There is no guarantee that nothing is collected and/or submitted after making privacy related changes to the operating system, but a guarantee that data collecting is severely limited at the very least.

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Firefox Focus Privacy Scandal

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

“Scandal” might be overstating things a bit, but it turns out that Firefox’s new, privacy-oriented mobile browser isn’t as private as one might assume.

Firefox Focus: the privacy browser, is a free mobile browser for iOS devices by Mozilla designed to protect user privacy while browsing the web. The app “improves the privacy and performance” of a user’s mobile browsing experience by “blocking analytics, social, and advertising trackers” according to the product description on Apple’s iTunes website. It furthermore enables you to erase the browsing history, passwords and cookies easily.

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Researchers Develop Cross-Browser Fingerprinting Technique

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

So you thought you could fool the snoops by switching browsers from time to time? Think again.

Researchers have developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique that uses operating system and hardware level features. Fingerprinting has been limited for the most part to individual web browsers in the past. If a user switched browsers regularly, fingerprinting could not be used to link the user to these browsers.

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Windows 10 – Group Policy Pack Privacy and Telemetry

Monday, February 13th, 2017

It sounds like the task of preventing your Windows 10 PC from phoning home is going to be a full time job.

The Group Policy pack Privacy and Telemetry, short gp-pack PaT, is a collection of 70 policies designed to disable sending data to Microsoft on Windows 10 devices. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise administrators may use the Group Policy to modify privacy settings, and block some telemetry collecting and submitting to Microsoft. Numerous privacy tools for Windows 10 have been released that modify Registry keys directly. Several of the programs go further, for instance by removing applications that ship with Windows 10, or blocking Microsoft Telemetry servers on the system.

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Large Number of Android VPN Apps Insecure

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

It turns out that a lot of Android apps that rely on VPN services, aren’t as private and secure as we were lead to believe.

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well. Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps. Without going into too much detail; a VPN protects a device’s IP address as traffic flows through it instead of directly to the user’s system.

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Browser Autofill Data May be Phished

Friday, January 6th, 2017

This certainly comes as no surprise. Fortunately, some browsers offer ways to protect against phishing access to autofill data, but that still might not completely eliminate the problem.

Most modern web browsers support comfortable features like auto-filling forms on sites using data that you have entered in the past. Instead of having to enter your name, email address or street address whenever you sign up for a new account for instance, you’d fill out the data once only and have the browser fill out the fields for you any time they are requested afterwards.

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Find Out if Your VPN Leaks Your IP Address

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

There are a number of different services that can be used to check for IP information that is being leaked via your VPN. Here’s a quick look at one of them …

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are used for a variety of purposes. Common reasons include protecting one’s privacy on the Internet, improving the security of the Internet connection, bypassing censorships and blocks, and using it for business purposes. If you use a VPN for privacy, regardless of whether that is your main reason for using it or just a nice addition, you may want to make sure that your “real” IP address is not leaked when you are connected to the VPN.

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Your Browsing History May have been Sold Already

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Considering that the prime purpose of most browsers and many social media sites is to collect user data and browsing habits, I’d pretty much take this one as a given.

Add-on companies are selling the browsing history of millions of users to third-parties according to a report that aired on German national TV. Reporters of Panorama managed to gain access to a large data collection that contained the browsing history of roughly 3 million German Internet users. The data was collected by companies that produce browser extensions for various popular browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

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Disable Nvidia Telemetry Tracking on Windows

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Privacy Protection is a never-ending task; there’s always some new threat on the horizon to deal with.

Telemetry — read tracking — seems to be everywhere these days. Microsoft pushes it on Windows, and web and software companies use it as well. While there is certainly some benefit to it on a larger scale, as it may enable these companies to identify broader issues, it is undesirable from a user perspective. Part of that comes from the fact that companies fail to disclose what is being collected and how data is stored and handled once it leaves the user system.

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