Anonymity test „IP Check“ shows general insecurity of web proxies

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Webby, Sep 2, 2011.

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  1. Webby

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  2. J_L

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    Although I've seen this before, never ran the full test, which actually worked like they stated. Quite interesting, thanks for posting.
     
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    Thanks :thumb:

    Mostly GREEN here :) Changed a few things in FF about:config via their recommondations which improved things a bit :thumb:
     
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    Glad you found that interesting. It's sometimes way to technical for me but I get by.

    I must admit I've been using their paid proxy services along with the custom JonDoFox Browser for years and I'm rather happy with the service.

    The only thing not green for me is "Browser Window Size"

    Webby
     
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    Comes across more as FUD and an advertisement than an objective test to me. If you're not using THEIR product, you fail. I'm using a VPN and it's telling me I'm unsafe because it's not "JonDo", or whatever.

    People rag on GRC for doing similar things, but at least Steve isn't trying to peddle a paid product in the process.
     
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    Well I had to do a search for "FUD"...... Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt... new one to me, sorry.

    Ok, so I posted this out of interest and of course people you can make of it what you want.

    If your on the web without all this stuff and your happy then hey! good for you.
    If your on the web with some other configeration and your happy then hey! good for you.

    Cheers Webby
     
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    Not much green for me :eek:

    Why do I have to worry that I have to many fonts on my PC
    Java script is enabled..... oh no it isn't! when logging onto this website Java asked to run.... cough.

    Seems a good advert for JonDonym. I'll give it a miss.
     
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    How is Tor their product? Did they detect your real IP in the full test?
     
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    Well if they're not profiting off of it somehow, then they're sure giving some generous free advertising.

    And no, it detected my VPN's IP address. I guess it assumed it was my real one, because it had it in red telling me I was unsafe as a result, telling me to buy something to "fix" it.

    And just like Steve said, it pointed out things that weren't really the case (i.e. javascript enabled). And it tried to install some plugin, which FF blocked.

    I'll give it a miss as well...
     
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    To me that test is complete rubbish. Case in point: 1) My real IP address was not found, neither my current location, nor my Internet provider, and nor the identity of my OS and etc...

    The only thing the test guessed right was my browser, that is all. All in all this is a clever marketing trick for their own service they claim to provide.

    Thanks.
     
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    It's not a bad test but definitely used to promote JonDo. That said, it's not the only anonymity checking tool to do this. There are a few others that are also linked to privacy providers but that doesn't always mean they're not useful. You just have to realise what their agenda is and use the tool with that in mind.

    Fonts are another way that your PC can be "fingerprinted" because the overall footprint of your font library can be quite unique. While most people only have the "standard" set of fonts that came with windows, a significant number of people will also have custom fonts that they've downloaded from the internet. This information can then be used to help identify a particular system.

    By itself, it's not a big thing, but when put together without other information it may be the difference between being identified or disappearing into the crowd.
     
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