[cryptome] Re: Your web browser is not your friend

  • From: "Douglas Rankine" <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:13:27 +0100

Hi John... & Colleagues,
I just did a bit of browsing...did you notice...:-).

-----Original Message-----
From: cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of John Young
Sent: 21 May 2015 12:21
To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [cryptome] Re: Your web browser is not your friend

Rule of thumb for browsers, updates, communications security and national
security (or salvation), whether free or paid, especially free and open:

Benefits the protector and robs the protected.

Operating systems are the worst, except for the systems which host the
operated's systems.

We compare versions collected since 1994 for bloat, crashes, warnings to
upgrade, required extensions, pop-up alarms, directives to disarm protections
and close all programs for installation, diminishing times for next iteration
and increasing blasts of urgency and assurances from providers, programs,
free!!! services, email, browsers, encryption, anonymizers, privacy policies,
counterterrrorists, counterspies, spies, ideologues, pols, preachers,
insurgents, patriots, MDs, sharks, architects-engineers, teachers, FOI
industry, anti-war industry, peace and war industries, experts of endless
profusions for and against proliferation of diseases and ungents, defenders and
attackers of bountifully growing and dying rights and losses -- human, animal,
geologic, climate, soul.

Results of this DIY comparison: pretty much what we have been taught it has
always been and will always be, so suck it up, get used to it, move along, feed
the tip jar generously.

This vital report is provided free on this freedom loving mail list among
hundreds of cohorts which are thoroughly sucking 100,000s of subscribers vital
data for the operators' and underwriters' benefit. And who are these suckers?
God knows its DIY lurkers archiving these innumerable lists, aided and abetted
by Archive.org and manifold searchers, browsers and OSes on self- reproducing
personal devices, us friends.

At 05:26 AM 5/21/2015, you wrote:

Tx for that info about browser. I checked my Firefox and was surprised
to see that it allowed 3rd party cookies. I have stopped that. I have
also changed over to ublock.
-----Original Message-----
From: cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of In Harms Way
Sent: 20 May 2015 10:24
To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [cryptome] Your web browser is not your friend

Essential browser extensions

Your web browser is not your friend: it allows your behavior to be
tracked as you browse the web, often leaks personal information, and is
a festering sore of endless security problems.

This is not by accident, but by design. Despite their marketing, the
browser companies care more about making advertisers happy than your
privacy or security.

For example, there was a huge debate in the 1990s [1] about the privacy
implications of third-party cookies, which is why the official cookie
technical specification required [2] that these type of "surveillance"
cookies be disabled by default. Guess what?
Nearly all browsers ignored this requirement under pressure from ad
companies [3]. Fast-forward to
2010: after a Mozilla engineer disabled third-party cookies by default,
advertisers became rabid and "coincidentally" Mozilla executives
ordered the change reversed immediately [4]. After that, the browser
companies quietly issued a new cookie standard which allowed
third-party cookies to be enabled by default.

The cookie debacle is just one example. If any of the browser companies
gave two shits about your security or privacy, then they would kill off
foreign http-referers, Flash, Java applets, and third-party cookies
(among many other obvious changes). Google has a very good browser
security team, but their hands are tied by policy decisions that keep
advertisers happy.

So, basically, we are fucked. Despite that, you can make your web
browser experience a little bit better and more secure by following
Riseup's handy guide to essential web browser extensions:


[1] Shah, R. C., & Kesan, J. P. (2009). Recipes for cookies: how
institutions shape communication technologies.

[2] https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2109

[3] Bruner, R. E. (1997, May). Advertisers win one in debate over
“cookies”: Netscape move may settle sites concern over
controversial targeting tool

[4] Soghoian, C. (2010). Thoughts on Mozilla and Privacy.

We have nothing to hide, but something to protect:
- and the people, whose human rights these are.

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