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Senior Web Engineer. Open web / music. Remote DJ. Tall Dutch guy. #3million

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elementaryOS is the comfy slippers of Linux distributions. If Apple ever ruins their privacy game, this is where I will end up.

 

Tracking impacts your human rights to identify yourself

This is well put and worth thinking about.

Generally speaking, tracking takes away your ability to represent who you are yourself in the current moment. Your identity is how you are perceived by others. People won't appreciate this until they've lost it, but anyone who has been the victim of for example online bullying or stalking will recognise it. 

 

Online tracking is a form of tracking, which is a automated profiling, which is a limited form of mass surveillance. 

 

‎Tofu Authenticator on the App Store

Used this a day but already liking this open source, no account, strong privacy 2fa app with filter bar. 

 

Amazing opportunity for ddossing a website through malicious shared js libraries by setting ping attributes pointing to the ddos target across millions of websites. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/major-browsers-to-prevent-disabling-of-click-tracking...

 

Sad but true: we create our own surveillance society and then proclaim privacy is dead.<p>#status </p>

 

More Private Browsing

If you visit this site you will know what browser cookies are and that they are used to store information about you across visits to that website. A typical website will store a few to a few hundred cookies on your computer.

Each cookie has an expiry date for when they are no longer valid and then automatically deleted by the browser. Did you know the lifetime of some of these cookies are several decades in the future and that they are routinely used by data brokers and analytics companies to gather data on you?

That's why I've recommended installing a plugin like PrivacyBadger, to prevent these tracking cookies from being passed back to websites that track you across websites.

But you can also override the maximum lifespan of these cookies. I've experimented and 10-14 days seems to be a good medium between having to login to all your websites all the time and maintaining privacy.

Update: 2019-08-29 - the following no longer works on recent Firefox releases:

On Firefox, open about:config and search for network.cookie.lifetime, you will find network.cookie.lifetime.days (set this to 14) and network.cookie.lifetimePolicy (set this to 3 to override the default behaviour or letting the website decide).

On Chrome or Vivaldi (update: and now Firefox) browsers it's possible to set these values by installing my FreshCookies addon, which does not contain any tracking itself.

 

Microsoft continous war on privacy

New controls are arguably an improvement, but data collection remains mandatory for most.

Source: Windows 10 Creators Update to rejig privacy settings in a move unlikely to please anyone | Ars Technica UK

 

Windows 10 Privacy Guide

Steve Gibson pointed me to a guide to setting your desired privacy level in Windows 10. This version of Microsoft's operating system follows the 'always socially connected' footsteps of smartphones and therefore makes privacy assumptions. Using this guide you can check if they match your expectations.