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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo - virus, malware, browser hijacker. I found tons of these. Why so many people had problems with DDG? What is DDG's reply? 4 years and 11 months ago
Ironically that second link is flagged malicious itself:

It's all about checking your sources for facts.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling PC World does not have HTTPS but DDG thinks it does 4 years and 11 months ago
Fixed on HTTPS Everywhere's side
"Ruleset fixes to Mozilla, PCWorld, MacWorld, Google Books, 4chan blog,
BuzzFeed, BBC, googlecode, TechDirt, Wikia, Technology Review, Google
Translate, CDT, Science Direct, Sourceforge"

Still broken on DDG.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling PC World does not have HTTPS but DDG thinks it does 4 years and 11 months ago
Ah, maybe it's both then. Cause I did try DDG on Internet Explorer and still got it defaulting to HTTPS after a search.

Or maybe PC World could just re-enable their HTTPS and then everyone would win.
a comment on the General Rambling PC World does not have HTTPS but DDG thinks it does 4 years and 11 months ago
1. Search PC World on DuckDuckGo:
2. Click any results to the official PC World site.
3. Get "Unable to connect"


I've noticed it for months, though I thought maybe it was my HTTPS Everywhere doing it. Guess not.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Browsers, operating systems, and device testing, oh my! 5 years and 26 days ago
Nintendo 3DS

"Failed to load part of this page" at times, but that's more the 3DS browser being the 3DS browser.

The 3DS browser doesn't like/trust the SSL certificate (probably from the change after Heartbleed)

It works but it just feels wonky (more the fault of the 3DS browser probably).
a comment on the General Rambling EFF's Privacy Badger - "Our New Tool to Stop Creepy Online Tracking" 5 years and 1 month ago
"EFF is launching a new extension for Firefox and Chrome called Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them. You can try it out today.

Privacy Badger is EFF's answer to intrusive and objectionable practices in the online advertising industry, and many advertisers' outright refusal to meaningfully honor Do Not Track requests. This week, Mozilla published research showing that privacy is the single most important thing that users want from their web browsers. Privacy Badger is part of EFF’s growing campaign to deliver that privacy by giving you the technical means to disallow trackers within the pages you read on the Web.

This is an alpha release; we've been using it internally and don't think it's too buggy. But we're looking for intrepid users to try it out and let us know before we encourage millions of people to install it. If you find bugs, you can file them on github against either the Firefox or Chrome repos as appropriate.

How does Privacy Badger work?

Privacy Badger is a browser-add on tool that analyzes sites to detect and disallow content that tracks you in an objectionable, non-consensual manner. When you visit websites, your copy of Privacy Badger keeps note of the "third-party" domains that embed images, scripts and advertising in the pages you visit.

If a third-party server appears to be tracking you without permission, by using uniquely identifying cookies to collect a record of the pages you visit across multiple sites, Privacy Badger will automatically disallow content from that third-party tracker. In some cases a third-party domain provides some important aspect of a page's functionality, such as embedded maps, images, or fonts. In those cases, Privacy Badger will allow connections to the third party but will screen out its tracking cookies.

Advertisers and other third-party domains can unblock themselves in Privacy Badger by making a strong commitment to respect Do Not Track requests. By including this mechanism, Privacy Badger not only protects users who install it, but actually provides incentives for better privacy practices across the entire Web.

So users who install Privacy Badger not only get more privacy and a better browsing experience for themselves, but actually contribute to making the Web as a whole better for everyone.


How is Privacy Badger different to Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and other blocking extensions?

Privacy Badger was born out of our desire to be able to recommend a single extension that would automatically analyze and block any tracker or ad that violated the principle of user consent; which could function well without any settings, knowledge or configuration by the user; which is produced by an organization that is unambiguously working for its users rather than for advertisers; and which uses algorithmic methods to decide what is and isn't tracking.

Although we like Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery and similar products (in fact Privacy Badger is based on the ABP code!), none of them are exactly what we were looking for. In our testing, all of them required some custom configuration to block non-consensual trackers. Several of these extensions have business models that we weren't entirely comfortable with. And EFF hopes that by developing rigorous algorithmic and policy methods for detecting and preventing non-consensual tracking, we'll produce a codebase that could in fact be adopted by those other extensions, or by mainstream browsers, to give users maximal control over who does and doesn't get to know what they do online."


Figured you guys here would be interested in this.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling About NoScript 5 years and 1 month ago
There's a reason why everyone serious about computer security has recommended Noscript. It's even included with Tor distributions. See:

The first week or so of using Noscript you're going to be adding a lot of sites to your Whitelist/allowed. After you've added a good deal of sites you trust to "Allow" then you rarely ever have to change anything.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Dont trust mail services 5 years and 3 months ago
It can be done if the mail is stored with encryption. See:
Granted they're in Sweden, but they've had request before by law enforcement to give up emails- which they were fine with because they're encrypted and can't be read by anyone but the account creator.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Opera Mail Users Heads Up! 5 years and 3 months ago
See this thread for discussion of alternatives:

The best I've personally found are CounterMail or StartMail.
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