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And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:22 am

Well the title of this thread says it all...hey folks...how about another nice game of "whack - a - mole...this is the reason why i use ublock origin, ublock origin extra, and privacy badger...and yes, ALL prtections are enabled in my ublock...and when searching the web, i always click on privacy badger and disable everything but the only essentials to read what im interested in...heres today's whack - a - mole game...DAMIEN

http://www.alphr.com/security/1007743/h ... t-of-every

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Flemur » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:47 am

The firefox addon "lightbeam" does a great job showing bogus connections.

Edit: Without any blocking, that "alphr" site connects to at least 113 third-party sites.
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Lucap » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:58 am

If anybody is wondering what the link is about it's in regards to session replay' scripts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Session_replay

How to protect yourself from Session Replay tracking.

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/11/24/how-t ... -tracking/

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by absque fenestris » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:17 am

Javascript off - usually...
Javascript on? Maybe - maybe not... uBlock Origin & EFF-stuff > of course! And never ever turned off.
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Penn » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:09 pm

What annoys me about this most is a matter of permission. Just visiting a website does not mean I am giving permission for this behavior. I'm not a lawyer and don't fully know the law in regards to internet privacy but this seems like something that should be illegal.

Another one that is just as much of an invasion is getting the user to agree without them knowing they are agreeing. Android apps are big on that. I haven't checked if it is true but the Facebook app apparently does something people don't realize they are giving it permission. When you install an app the OS tells you what you are giving that app access to. In the case of that one, it gets permission to use your mic. The part I haven't verified, apparently someone tested a theory and posted the results to youtube. This couple doesn't have a cat but in the presence of the phone they kept mentioning cat food in spoken conversations for a full day but not posting anything on Facebook about cats. Two days later, advertisements they had never seen for cat food appeared in their feed. Did they really agree to this when installing the app or were they deceived.

Back on topic, I frequently recommend ad-blockers to people I know. I notice if I approach the issue from the perspective of privacy most people aren't interested. When I demonstrate improved performance on some websites it suddenly becomes something they must have. When a large portion of the population takes the attitude "I don't have anything to hide" it opens the door to this crap. It isn't a matter of having anything to hide, it is a matter of preserving privacy.

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by exploder » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:18 pm

Ads are so bad these days. I install uBlock Origin first thing in every browser I use.

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by AZgl1500 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:56 am

I just installed uBlock and it does work better than the other blockers I have tried.

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Marziano » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:38 am

Which one of these tracker blockers is to be preferred, Ghostery or Privacy Badger?
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:41 am

i go with privacy badger everytime...ive used ghostery in the past but the badger gives more real time control to just block cookies and tracking etc...i only leave enabled what is necessary to read what im reading...no more no less...DAMIEN

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by absque fenestris » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:46 am

Marziano wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:38 am
Which one of these tracker blockers is to be preferred, Ghostery or Privacy Badger?
I like the badger icon :mrgreen:
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Marziano » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:48 am

Sure, I have tried out both of of them at some point. Now I have Ghostery installed. I will install Privacy Badger now and give it another shot. I will then be having uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere, ScriptSafe and Privacy Badger. Isn't that a bit of an overkill?
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Marziano » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:51 am

absque fenestris wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:46 am
I like the badger icon :mrgreen:
Lol, Ghostery's is kinda cute as well :)
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:53 am

yea...it is overkill...what happens when you have that many is the far upper left hamburger marks change colour alerting me that another extension got to it first...i find that just ublock and badger are more than enough...it just works great and all my surfing clicks are literally in a blink of an eye...DAMIEN

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Marziano » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:01 am

DAMIEN1307 wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:53 am
yea...it is overkill...what happens when you have that many is the far upper left hamburger marks change colour alerting me that another extension got to it first...i find that just ublock and badger are more than enough...it just works great and all my surfing clicks are literally in a blink of an eye...DAMIEN
Yea, I imagined that. I will disable a couple of them and see how it goes. Thanks for the replies!
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by absque fenestris » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:09 am

EFF, The Electronic Frontier Foundation seems trustworthy, see here: https://www.eff.org/.
HTTPS Everywhere and Privacy Badger both come from EFF.
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Marziano » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:18 am

absque fenestris wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:09 am
EFF, The Electronic Frontier Foundation seems trustworthy, see here: https://www.eff.org/.
I believe so too.
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by AZgl1500 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:02 pm

I added in uBlocker and what a difference that made to my reading of newspaper articles.

now now, I have just added in the Privacy Badger, so life is now much better for me.

Thanks for bringing both of these up.

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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by BigEasy » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:14 pm

Flemur wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:47 am
Edit: Without any blocking, that "alphr" site connects to at least 113 third-party sites.
Even with blocking your message alone connects to 1 third-party site: https://s20.postimg.org :)
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by Night Wing » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:34 am

BigEasy wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:14 pm
Flemur wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:47 am
Edit: Without any blocking, that "alphr" site connects to at least 113 third-party sites.
Even with blocking your message alone connects to 1 third-party site: https://s20.postimg.org :)
You can block that one third party site too by placing it in Mint's Domain Blocker. In Mint 18.2 version and other versions below that, DB is installed by default. However, in Mint 18.3 DB is not installed by default. I installed it through Synaptic Package Manager where it is under the name, mintnanny.
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Re: And they all wonder why we insist on ad and tracking blockers

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:46 am

that https://s20.postimg.org is just one of many that is used by users of this forum to place their avatars on this site...blocking these blocks the avatars...you can if you wish do this simply by using privacy badger which will show each of these when you open it while in the forum and can turn it on or off with ease...as a for instance...flemurs avatar is powered by this site...DAMIEN

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