Firefox Privacy Add-ons

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by dja2k, Jun 17, 2010.

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  1. dja2k

    dja2k Registered Member

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    I have Better Privacy, Taco, and Ghostery Add-ons in Firefox. I don't even know if they overlapped or not until today. A while ago, Taco updated to Taco 3 with Abine which took me to its website and it said its better than Better Privacy and Ghostery. Does anyone know if Taco 3 with Abine really replaces both Better Privacy and Ghostery?

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  2. NiteSurfer

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    Taco3 got some bad reviews. I would stick with Better Privacy, which has a good reputation. I would also add NoScript to your Add-On for better protection. As for Ghostery, it's up to you.
     
  3. snowdrift

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    Adblock Plus
    Ghostery
    BetterPrivacy
    NoScript
    OptimizeGoogle
    Redirect Cleaner
    SSL Blacklist

    Plus, here's one I bet you won't like: remove Adobe Flash. It is one big privacy leak.

    You could also drop Adblock Plus and use Privoxy as well.
     
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    Here is some info on TACO 3.0:

    Read The Register Article Here

    I think it's amazing that a useful add-on goes from 8KB to 3MB that is mostly useless.
     
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    Someone has done some digging on Abine and presents rather incriminating facts over at their forum:
    I'm not sure what the last sentence refers to, but after reading who's on their advisory board I wouldn't trust their product at all...
     
  10. katio

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    I've used it but I don't think it's working as advertised. The firefox statusbar was showing activities to blocked domains. Fired up wireshark and it was indeed not blocking any connections. All it apparently did was stopping content from being displayed.
     
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    Have you tested Adblock plus? apparently Adblock plus also just prevents the content from being displayed not the connections.
     
  12. katio

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    I'm also using ABP, it does block connections. It's no replacement for RP though, I've used them side by side together with NoScript. Overkill? :D
     
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    Re: EFF HTTPS Everywhere

    What's going on with this EFF HTTPS Everywhere calling out to 66.230.230.230 and downloading Application Data. Also called out to 213.112.109.122.

    I closed everything down but left it connected, when I returned it had been active.
    Does this thing self update the rules or the plugin?

    I'm not happy.
     
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    Re: EFF HTTPS Everywhere

    Are you located in Sweden? That IP belongs to Bredbandsbolaget and could be your ISPs DNS?

    regards,
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    It's either TOR or the new Add-on which is brought to us from the people at TOR.
    I'm not sure which.
    If I see key exchanges and certificates it's TOR updating?
    Is the EFF in Sweden?
     
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    It updated today. Most extensions in Firefox check for updates, so really nothing new.
    If you keep an eye on the current settings, you can see what is updated.
     

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    Thanks Ronjor.

    Makes me feel a little better.
     
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    After reading your post, I was a bit disappointed with RequestPolicy. Especially seeing as it can be a PITA at times (no fault of the extension - just the usual trade-off for more security). So I decided to do some testing of my own. I fired up URL Snooper2 and as an example at Fark.com, I got 110 URL hits with RequestPolicy uninstalled and only 26 with it installed. It does seem to me that it is blocking some connections. I think I'll keep it after all. :)
     
  20. katio

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    I've last used RP months ago and got rid of it after seeing it wasn't working properly. So I gave it another go and it looks like they fixed it :) Probably was just some random bug. Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Cool! Thanks for validating my findings and giving me the idea to check it out. :)
     
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    Cryptohippie won't connect when I have this addon installed. I primarily use Xerobank but sometimes cryptohippie.

    The way Cryptohippie works is you connect the VPN and open your browser. The browser automatically directs you to Cryptohippie's login and you have to enter your login and pass. But I tried connecting last night and instead of going directly to Cryptohippie it tried to open Google, which it could not. I closed the browser, disconnected, and tried again several times to no avail..

    The only thing that I had changed that day was I had added Ghostery and the EFF addon. So I uninstalled Ghostery and that had no effect. But when I uninstalled the EFF addon I was immediately directed to the Cryptohippie login page. I thought this might just be a coincidence and not the cause so I tried again today with the same result. This really sucks because I like the EFF extension.

    Xerobank seems to be unaffected by this addon.
     
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