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Privacy and Security – Your Browser & Tracking 2017-03-05T12:50:56+00:00

Understanding how you are tracked  through your browser is integral to managing your privacy.  The first place to start is choosing a web browser.  Among the most popular, Edge/Explorer, Chrome, Safari and FireFox, consider the motivations of the organizations behind them.  Microsoft, Google, Apple and Mozilla.  Only Mozilla does not have a big data gathering engine attempting to absorb any scrap of data on you.  So go with FireFox.  Their philosophy aligns closely with Stealth.Systems as they readily provide information on how to address many of the same digital privacy issues.  So install FireFox, and check that your core extensions like Java, Flash etc. are up to date.  Further tighten up your browser configuration by going to Mozilla’s “Smart on Tracking” page to tighten up your browser’s config.

Now add some additional extensions just for revealing and blocking the extensive attempts coming at your browser.

Ghostery – Detects and blocks tracking technologies to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data.

NoScript – The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank).

Lightbeam – Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user.

Now start browsing and prepare to be amazed at how much is coming at you and how much safer you have become.