Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Oscobo – A New Privacy Focused Search Engine

Friday, January 15th, 2016

If you’re tired of being bombarded with ads for everything you’ve recently searched for, you might want to give Oscobo a try.

Ever since the Snowden relevations, privacy search engines and privacy in general has been a boom on the Internet. Search engines focused on privacy have seen a rise in daily searches. While they are still nowhere near popular as Google Search or Bing, the two main search services in most parts of the world, they have shown that there is a market for these kind of services.

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Microsoft may be Collecting More Data than Initially Thought

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

I’m so old, that I can remember when the internet was all about universal access to knowledge and worldwide communication, instead of just collecting marketing data.

Microsoft recently told the world that its new Windows 10 operating system was active on over 200 million devices, a fact that leaked a week earlier already. The company stated that Windows 10 was its fastest growing operating system to date beating Windows 8 and even everyone’s darling Windows 7 so far, and that it was seeing great adoption in retail and the Enterprise sector.

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Google Chrome May Leak Incognito Mode Data

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

I wish I could say that I was surprised to read this, but …

Private Browsing is a relatively new feature of most modern web browsers that serves two main purposes: using a separate browsing session while using the browser, and deleting local information when the separate session is terminated by the user. Basically, it is an attempt to delete information about a browsing session so that users with access to the system don’t know what a user did while using private browsing mode and to prevent the information of that session to be included with regular browsing data (e.g. suggestions when users type in the address bar).

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Verify Google Chrome Extensions Before You Install Them

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Most people don’t take the time to check out extensions before installing them, but it’s still a good idea (for a number of reasons.)

Google Chrome extensions can extend the functionality of the web browser or make life easier while browsing the Web. While that is the case, they may also be abused by companies to track users across the Internet, display advertisement or download malicious code to the user system. This article provides you with the means to verify Chrome extensions before you install them. It is important to do so before the extension gets installed in the browser as it may already be too late after installation.

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Cross-Device Tracking: A Privacy Invasive Tracking Method

Monday, November 16th, 2015

No matter where you go or what you do, somebody is watching and trying to figure out how they can sell you more stuff that you don’t really need.

Marketing companies are always on the lookout for new methods to track user activity on the Internet. These information are used to display targeted advertisement to users which have a better return than less-targeted ads. The more a company knows about a user, the higher the return and that is the main reason why companies step up the tracking game despite public outcry about it and the rise of ad-blockers.

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Firefox 42 – Find Out what’s New

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Here’s a brief summary of the new features and changes that will be included in Firefox 42 …

Firefox 42 will be unveiled officially on November 3, 2015 by Mozilla. This guide walks you through the core changes and feature editions of Firefox 42 for the desktop and Android. All other Firefox channels will receive updates as well on this date. In particular, this means that Firefox Beta will be updated to Firefox Beta 43, Firefox Developer Edition to version 44, Firefox Nightly to version 45, and Firefox ESR to version 38.4.

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Windows 10 Patches Make a Return on Windows 7 and 8

Friday, October 9th, 2015

It’s looking more and more like Microsoft is doing its best to force Windows 10 on Windows 7 and 8 users, whether we like it or not.

If you are running Windows 7 or 8 and don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, you are in constant battle with updates that Microsoft is pushing out to those systems that are often labeled compatibility updates but appear to be designed mainly for getting users to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 or adding snooping capabilities introduced in Windows 10 to previous versions of Windows.

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Windows 10 – Collecting Data All for the Greater Good

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

If they’re collecting data to improve the product, that’s fine. But it’s pretty clear that much of the data collected is used to deliver ads that are related to what that data reveals about us.

When it comes to Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system, privacy is without doubt a hot topic. Ever since the operating system was released, fears about an all-seeing and reporting operating system were expressed by reviewers and users alike. One of the core reasons for those fears was that Windows 10 was designed to deliver more data to Microsoft than previous versions of Windows.

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Ghostery Sneaks in New Promotional Messaging System

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

A privacy add-on that also includes a built in ad delivery feature? What will they think of next?

Ghostery is a rather controversial privacy add-on for various web browsers including Firefox and Google Chrome. The extension has been designed to improve online privacy by blocking trackers. Apart from that, it also informs you about trackers used on sites if you want it to, or, if you prefer that, it will block these automatically without notifying you about occurrences.

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Firefox 43: Tracking Protection with Blocklist Selection

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Tracking protection is a handy feature for privacy’s sake, but in many cases it can also cut the time required to load some web pages.

Firefox 42 Stable, which will be released on November 3, 2015 if the schedule holds, will ship with Tracking Protection, a new feature enabled in Firefox’s private browsing mode to improve a user’s privacy while using the mode. The feature blocks certain connections from being made to limit the exposure to tracking on the Internet. This works similar to how blocking extensions and programs

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