[ubuntu-studio-devel] How wide spread is Linux spyware?

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Sat Jul 11 18:02:58 UTC 2015

One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself is to ensure that
Google does not get your surfing history. If you use the "safebrowsing" database
(phishing" protection), Google gets a record of every URL you attempt to reach.
This is probably a major resource used by the FBI, NSA, et all to spy on people. 
It is also known that Google search histories are widely turned to by law enforcement.

Therefore, the single most important things you can do in Firefox is probably:

1: disable "safebrowsing" by turning off "block reported attack sites" and 
"block reported web forgeries." Having done this be sure never to bank 

After that you need to 

3: Delete all cookies once to permanently remove the Google "prefs" cookie
4: Disable all 3ed party cookies, no exceptions

Just to be sure, 

4: go to about: config, enter the names "google"  "facebook" and "twitter" and
delete all URL's except for any blacklists you may have set.

At this point your browser is no longer an active piece of Google spyware,  but there
are other ways to spy on users with any browser. Securing browsers against this to 
the levels required for the kind of work I do is a discussion of it's own and is always 
changing.  Right now I use NoScript, Ghostery (set to block, not just list trackers!),
and CanvasBlocker, but this is an ever-evolving arms race against commercial trackers.

At this time the NSA is known to exploit tracking cookies but I have not heard of any 
court cases where ad or tracker data was used in open court to identify someone for
a warrant or as evidence to secure a conviction. Like in chess however, I seek to stay
several moves ahead of my enemies.

On 7/10/2015 at 3:14 PM, "Ralf Mardorf" <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>A few days ago I tested Anomos without success :(.
>Is anybody using Facebook or Twitter or something similar?
>I simply don't use it, because I dislike it, but I will invite all 
>you to my linkcrap friends.
>I hoped people would join d-community-offtopic for this discussion.
>This is what I already replied to a Xubuntu users list subscriber:
>Currently I'm not using Pale Moon with
>http://www.palemoon.org/commander.shtml to e.g. disable 
>QupZilla allows to manage HTML5 permissions by the default 
>And using Firefox's about:config there should be an option to 
>some phone home to Google crap used by a default Firefox.
>After faking an IP when using a web browser dubious offers from
>neighbourhood folks aren't really from the neighbourhood anymore, 
>most likely they are still from women :D.
>More off-topic:
>For music research I installed a web browser named Vivaldi. I set 
>as the default home page.
>I never used it, so I don't know, if the Vivaldi web browser is ok 
>and I
>don't know how good, bad or ugly
>http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/Music.html is.
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