Linux phoning home to Google and Fedora

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by AnonG, Oct 27, 2008.

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  1. AnonG

    AnonG Registered Member

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    I'm running Fedora. It phones home to Google and The Fedora project.
    Tried to fix it by disabling all daemons that don't need to be active, deleted
    search engine plugins from Firefox and disabled Google checking for
    suspected forgery sites. Don't have a Google toolbar and don't use Gmail.
    I never want have any contact with the biggest data mining company in
    the world unless the contact is initiated by myself and through a proxy
    (preferably couple of chained proxies would be even better)
    .

    All Fedora bookmarks are deleted and update checking in also disabled.
    The Fedora thing might be tricky. It could be more deeper in root files.
    I noticed these by looking at the traffic on Iptraf. These connections usually
    happen when starting to browse the web. Any ideas how to snip these buggers off?
     
  2. tlu

    tlu Guest

    Even in this case Firefox regularly downloads updates to the lists of phishing and malware sites from Google anonymously. See http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/phishing-protection/ . No reason to worry.

    With respect to Fedora: I'm not using that distribution, but most probably it simply looks for updates.
     
  3. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

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    when installing fedora did you say yes to sending hardware info?
    if so it maybe the monthly smolt update. you can check this by when shutting down the computer it will saying disabling monthly smolt update.
     
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  4. AnonG

    AnonG Registered Member

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    Damn i totally forgot about those "anonymous updates"! But i DO worry. Have to search
    how to disable it. ;)

    lodore: No i didn't send the hardware info. Smolt and updates have been disabled since
    day one.
     
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