What They Know

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by mirimir, Sep 1, 2012.

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  1. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    -http://blogs.wsj.com/wtk/-
     
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    Regarding Facebook (and perhaps a few others), their rating seems misleading. Although they may only have 4 trackers on their own site, they have trackers spread all over the web at other sites. I'm seeing more and more "log in with Facebook" on various sites.

    I didn't realize the dictionary sites were so popular. I tend to just look up a new word on a general search engine. Often I don't have to visit another site after that, as the definition is usually there in the summaries of the search results.
     
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    Also interesting is the "Web Privacy Census" from the Univ of California Berkeley Center for Law and Technology -http://www.law.berkeley.edu/privacycensus.htm- They've been tracking trackers since 2009, and say that they'll release quarterly updates.
     
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    The mention tracking files installed on people's computers. Are they referring to cookies?
     
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    Yes, plus flash cookies, HTML5 storage, etc. The summary at -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_cookie- is pretty good.
     
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    Jeezus that is sick. I assume that using Sandboxie and Shadow Defender can defeat these cookies. This should be illegal.
     
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    VMs and VPNs are the way to go, I think.
     
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    A friend who I met here got me started on Ra's Fnord. It was so easy I couldn't believe it. But I have a lot to learn about VM's.

    You mentioned using different VMs for different identities. I think that is the way to go. And you also mentioned using more than one VPN. So do you run a VPN for your system and then run another one from within a VM?
     
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    I've done that. My main system now runs several pfSense VMs. Each runs a different VPN/route client. Some "outer" VPNs only connect directly. Other "inner" VPNs, which I pay for "anonymously", only connect via outer VPNs.

    Generally, each "workstation" VM always uses the same inner VPN/route. Sometimes I also run VPNs in workstation VMs, giving me three levels of VPN nesting.
     
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