Your battery status being used to track you online

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by CloneRanger, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. CloneRanger

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  2. zapjb

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    ** * there is no privacy & no consequences for those that steal it from us.
     
  3. TheWindBringeth

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    dom.battery.enabled
     
  4. CloneRanger

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    @ TheWindBringeth

    Thanx, :thumb: i thought there might be
     
  5. zapjb

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    So we keep

    dom.battery.enabled
    true

    or change it?
     
  6. TheWindBringeth

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    If that pref it is set to true the battery API will be enabled (usable). If you want to prevent the API from being used you set that to false. Setting it to false should break the battery fingerprinting tests.

    Note that you can open about:config and search for ".enabled" (without double quotes) to find other enable/disable prefs. I think most follow the .enabled convention but some don't. You'll find some .enable (without the d) ones for example. Most prefs are documented/discussed in numerous places, so if you want more info about one you can right click copy the pref name and "google it".
     
  7. safeguy

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    It's battery status now. What next? Having the ability to change about:config preferences is fine as a workaround but I am of the opinion it is not sustainable to expect anyone to keep up in checking if each and every web standard can be abused.
     
  8. Minimalist

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  9. quietman

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    I have been trying the "Privacy Settings " extension in FF .

    Instead of having to wade through all that stuff in about:config , this gives a reduced set with on/off switches for each .
    The dom.battery setting is in the list .

    I enable it when needed ( like just now ) but keep it disabled otherwise .
     
  10. Minimalist

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    Is there something similar for Chrome / Chromium? I've searched the web but couldn't find anything.
     
  11. Sampei Nihira

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  12. Minimalist

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    Thanks. I was hoping there would be some switch or flag to disable it entirely.
     
  13. mood

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    To query the status of the battery API there are some test-sites:
     
  14. hogndog

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    i found this helpful for protecting several applications....dom.battery being one of them.. *puppy*

    https://www.privacytools.io/

     
  15. Umbra

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    Paranoia at is best lol
     
  16. java dude

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    But is it really paranoia if they truly are out to get/track you? :p
     
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