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    Privacy addons for Firefox

    In case any one is interested, I seen an article yesterday about how Facebook, Google and Twitter can track you browsing other websites.
    I use NoScript and do not even allow twitter to script nor do I have an account but, earlier I seen where 20 attempts from twitter had been blocked by the addon.

    Here is the solution: install "facebook disconnect", "google disconnect" and "twitter disconnect" addons to Firefox.

    EDIT: When you search for the first one in Firefox addons, the other 2 will be on the same page.
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavsfan View Post
    In case any one is interested, I seen an article yesterday about how Facebook, Google and Twitter can track you browsing other websites.
    I use NoScript and do not even allow twitter to script nor do I have an account but, earlier I seen where 20 attempts from twitter had been blocked by the addon.

    Here is the solution: install "facebook disconnect", "google disconnect" and "twitter disconnect" addons to Firefox.
    I never use facebook or twitter, but when I use google search I never login to my google account first, and I do not allow my gmail account to stay logged in either.

    Does that give me similar added privacy? I don't know.
    However, I must certainly look into the google version of those add-ons.
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    I never use facebook or twitter, but when I use google search I never login to my google account first, and I do not allow my gmail account to stay logged in either.

    Does that give me similar added privacy? I don't know.
    However, I must certainly look into the google version of those add-ons.
    Just to be safe I would add all three as those sites all have "tentacles" reaching out everywhere.
    If you used NoScript and see what websites are attached to other websites you would know what I mean.

    I never used Twitter but, it blocked that site many times. On any given site all three of the above are possibly connected to that site.
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    Here is one article about Google:

    https://blog.disconnect.me/google-privacy-one-step-forward-two-steps-back

    Here is another link with the addons and some links in the tabs as to why you may need all three:

    https://disconnect.me/tools

    There are addons for Chrome that do the same too.

    This Collusion addon will show you what sites are tracking you. You would be surprised.

    http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/collusion/
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    Yep, i have used noscript or js blacklisting for years, it tends to be annoying allowing each script you need at that time, but safer in the end
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    Some privacy addons that might be of use to those interested in this topic/thread:
    Adblock Edge: customizable malware ad blocking. Also check out Adblock Lite. (***Adblock Plus recently sold out.***)
    Beef Taco: opt-out of cookies permanently.
    BetterPrivacy: gets rid of LSO "super" cookies.
    Click&Clean 4.0
    Close'n forget: helps stamp out cookies
    FlashBlock: lets me choose what flash animations I want to see.
    Force-TLS
    HTTPS-Everywhere: by the EFF, provides encryption to the communications with a major number of websites.
    NoScript: allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice.
    PhZilla
    Priv3 prevents you from being tracked by social networks: priv3.icsi.berkeley.edu
    Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus: fights text ads
    Flash Video Replacer: Really great work lovinglinux! Thanks a ton for this. Now I'm one step closer to freedom!
    Youtube (SSL) searchbar: utilizes SSL to protect searches between You and YouTube.

    As far as Google's concerned, if you're a tin hat wearer, don't use it. Instead check out the myriad of alternatives:
    YaCy
    Startpage HTTPS
    DuckDuckGo SSL
    Ixquick
    If you absolutely feel like you have to use Google, at least make sure you're using SSL: Mozilla addons has a Google SSL search bar.

    As far as Facebook is concerned, if you're tin hat wearer, don't use it. Instead check out the alternatives:
    Diaspora
    Crabgrass
    Friendica
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    I just installed these addons yesterday and now I am really seeing results at the right side of the address bar.
    When I go to almost any site, I see requests being blocked from all three; sometimes just one or two.

    I cannot get collusion to show anything in Ubuntu for some reason. It worked OK on Windows 7 earlier.
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    I just have three add-ons, AdBlock Plus, NoScript and Ghostery.
    When you install Ghosery make sure that you "Select All".

    If I go to a site and the video won't play I let NoScript "Temporarily Allow all all of this page"
    It is then very interesting to see Ghostery pop up with all the trackers that it has blocked, but I can usually watch the video.
    On some sites there can be 20 of them. Try it and see for yourself!

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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by coldraven View Post
    I just have three add-ons, AdBlock Plus, NoScript and Ghostery.
    When you install Ghosery make sure that you "Select All".

    If I go to a site and the video won't play I let NoScript "Temporarily Allow all all of this page"
    It is then very interesting to see Ghostery pop up with all the trackers that it has blocked, but I can usually watch the video.
    On some sites there can be 20 of them. Try it and see for yourself!
    You should think about installing the three addons I mentioned at the top. Whether or not you allow scripting via NoScipt or not, you will still be tracked by facebook, google and twitter.
    You don't even have to allow their cookies. It does little harm while the benefits are knowing that those 3 sites cannot track you.
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    Re: Privacy addons for Firefox

    The collusion addon didn't work too well on Raring, not quite sure but, on Precise and Quantal it works beautifully
    and it shows you exactly how it disconnects google from any other site you have been on.
    The same for Facebook.

    Check it out and disable google disconnect and see what collusion shows then. You will be surprised.
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