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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Duckduckco? 2.0 4 years and 7 months ago
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Meaning, who even knows where they'll be themselves years from now.

Look at Sourceforge, which provides open source programs to be downloaded. They now serve adware.

We as consumers can't do anything but keep an eye on things. And if there's no decent options available, then maybe we can even make our own thing. When you had mentioned self hosting (in another thread) for example that was interesting- it's the exact opposite of all the "cloud" crap that's rampant and in some ways a step backwards to the days of computer timesharing. Even as bad as "Google Fiber" seems (all ISPs are pretty crap), at least then we'd all have a bit better bandwidth to actually do more self hosting.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling FixTracking.com 4 years and 7 months ago
I mentioned this in another thread too but:
https://browsercheck.qualys.com/ is an extension which scans your browser for any outdated plugins and the like. Very handy to sanely keep track of updates, especially when it comes to security updates.

There is little point of any of the "fixtracking" methods if your browser, plugins, or OS is outdated and exposed to security holes.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Best Addons For Firefox (Privacy) 4 years and 7 months ago
To get a good idea of what a secure system is like I'd recommend you play around with: https://tails.boum.org/ which is a Linux live disk tailored to Tor. They use "Iceweasel" which is just basically Firefox.

But these are what I like use on my own Firefox:

https://browsercheck.qualys.com/ is an extension which scans your browser for any outdated plugins and the like. Very handy to sanely keep track of updates, especially when it comes to security updates.

http://noscript.net/ blocks scripts and plugins like Adobe/Java from auto running when you visit a page. You have to just slowly add sites you trust to your whitelist as you go.

https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere I first heard about this from the Tails disk I mentioned above and I've been using it ever since. This does mainly two things: 1. Some sites that do support HTTPS don't default to it everywhere on their sites, so this helps users get the most out of these sites. And 2. It also checks the validity of the HTTPS certificates the site uses to make sure they're legit. See also: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere/faq

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox... This is another one that the Tails disk comes with. I haven't actually learned or messed with it much, but I plan to eventually.

And this one is just a favorite of mine but not too security related: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox... It tells you where the site is hosted that you're on.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling SpyHunter4 scan shows DuckDuckGo as a malware 4 years and 7 months ago
The message you're getting is their "catch all" message for ANY sort of "search bar" type of potentially unwanted programs. When your security software can slip up that bad as to detect DuckDuckGo as a false positive anything- I think it's time to switch.

Malwarebytes is a good free scanner. http://www.malwarebytes.org/

For free full time anti-malware, there's things like AVG and Avast.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Request addition of option to filter search results to HTTPS only URLs 4 years and 7 months ago
One last thing and I'll shut up for now.

This post and its links are a great read: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost....

Basically HTTPS while I believe is still waaaayyy better than nothing at all, can still have faults.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Email 4 years and 7 months ago
But where would someone even start with self hosting though? Even if you had your own dedicated computer you'd still have to get a domain name for your @ address. (I'm seriously asking, I've never looked into it). And then you're still at the mercy of your ISP (though OpenPGP would still help that).

Some ways I don't even know if DuckDuckGo should have an email service, or at least there should be more providers who offer privacy based email (to prevent the whole "I must use only services offered by one company" sort of mindset, like Google).

Start Page started https://beta.startmail.com/ which I guess plans to be another paid service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_Mail was another option, and a free one. But having an email linked into the Tor network proved to be risky and they were indeed finally shut down. And that is another point of why "free" services don't/wouldn't last long- the blackhats, carders, spammers, etc would take advantage of it all too quickly. (and they still do for paid services, but it's harder)

Countermail is still what I use personally.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Request addition of option to filter search results to HTTPS only URLs 4 years and 7 months ago
I'll add too, that, while that'd also be great for DuckDuckGo to have a search filter like that especially for Tor users- again, the results are going to be a very limited handful of sites.

But, I'd love to be proven wrong here. I wish HTTPS/SSL was a web standard. Most sites too are turned off from using it because it can cost a lot in yearly fees (multi hundreds of dollars minimum a year) in paying a third-party SSL service for their site/s to support it.

See also: https://www.ssllabs.com/
Many sites that offer HTTPS/SSL don't even do it as great as they could. Check the ratings.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Request addition of option to filter search results to HTTPS only URLs 4 years and 7 months ago
Well I think halfway it does at least by making sites that do provide HTTPS to use it instead of HTTP, which was one thing he wanted.

Search results for sites that ONLY support HTTPS/SSL is going to be very slim though (he'd be getting 0 results for many of his searches I'd bet) since hardly many sites use it for privacy, or at best only support it in certain areas (think Amazon login).
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Request addition of option to filter search results to HTTPS only URLs 4 years and 7 months ago
Does exactly what you're describing, but better and for more sites besides DuckDuckGo: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere
a comment on the General Rambling See if you can add DuckDuckGo to Nintendo's 3DS web browser as a search 4 years and 7 months ago
All you could do is write to them and just see if they'd consider. An average person isn't going to get their idea heard by Nintendo, so it'd have to be someone from DuckDuckGo itself.

That said, right now all there is to choose between are Google or Yahoo. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_B... Sure you can enter in URLs and get to whatever site you want and as best as the 3ds can render it but that's not the point. On a device that has around "Worldwide: 42.74 million" units sold, how many of those people do you think even know anything even exists besides Yahoo or Google and why shouldn't they benefit from the same privacy/security benefits as the rest of us with other choices? (especially kids just trying to look up a game guide)

DuckDuckGo itself works fine from what I've experienced on the 3DS. I'd just have to hope that Nintendo didn't pick Yahoo and Google only as some sort of paid perk thing. I don't know, nothing groundbreaking here but I thought it'd be neat if it happened.

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