Protip for Chrome users: to improve your security when using Google Chrome, uninstall it and use a browser that’s not from a company which makes its money from spying on you 24/7
@thomasfuchs My recommendation is either Safari (tons of innovative privacy features, not financially dependent on Google), or if that’s not an option for whatever reason, Firefox.
@thomasfuchs how does an algorithm amaze, precisely
@nickd One way to a maze is:
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10
(on the C64)
@thomasfuchs hahaha, that is fair. i’ve been read that book. i suppose i’m too caught up in dark-timeline dystopia right now to remember the mathematical beauty in it all
Firefox focus is pretty great, anti tracking and no browser history
It's just that many people don't even see the point. Or, like in my case, see the point, but aren't overly concerned about the spying because the convenience it all brings is too sweet.
@Shamar @gcupc @aikage @thomasfuchs could be. I wish it wasn't. There's stuff in the world out there like the banking crash 10 years ago that cost a bunch of money. Most of that money shelled out by us common folk who had nothing to do with it all. Who got jailed? That one dude in Island. What regulatory changes protects us from further speculations with our money like that? Nothing relevant. How many of us paying for it give a damn?
Compared to that, #JS is irrelevant. Nobody cares is what I'm saying.
@Shamar @aikage @thomasfuchs
there is also this:
@thomasfuchs I’ve been using the Duck Duck Go browser and Safari, depending on the purpose. The DDG browser allows you to quickly see what’s going on behind the scenes.
@thomasfuchs I'm using Firefox and SeaMonkey -- Firefox for the pages that break in SeaMonkey, and vice versa.
@flugennock Ahm, I’m using Safari and there’s plenty of adblockers
@thomasfuchs Thanks for the update. I've tried Safari now and then, wasn't real crazy about it, and went back to Firefox.
@flugennock ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Choice is good :)
@thomasfuchs I use Safari for sensitive stuff (things I don’t want Google to know about) and sadly Chrome for everything else. I find Safari too slow for general use, but perhaps it works better on new hardware.
Does Chromium avoid the issues?
@thomasfuchs I've actually been trying this again since I got back a week ago, but it's been a bit meh so far. I've been keeping a list of findings:
@thomasfuchs I've been using DuckDuckGo and don't miss the goog at all
@thomasfuchs "if that’s not an option for whatever"
Oh, that was funny, considering you imply that this is unlikely though this browser only runs on one OS… 😆
@thomasfuchs Both provide a significantly worse security track record. Why not Chromium instead? Unlike Chrome, it’s open source - and the tracking stuff is not part of the open source release.
@thomasfuchs Also, Firefox is doing more tracking by default than Chrome these days 😒. They’re even selling your browsing history. At least, Chrome is not doing that if you didn’t sign it into a Google account.
@lmorchard @thomasfuchs I’m sorry, but then someone at your company made a very dumb decision. Why ruin your reputation if you get nothing in return? Stop the experiment now to try to rescue whatever of your reputation is left at this point. Please become the old Mozilla again that cared for users and their privacy! It used to be privacy by default at Mozilla. These days I need to disable fewer things in Chrome than in Firefox.
I‘m personally really sad about this. Mozilla used to care about privacy, but with all the latest stuff, it feels like Mozilla sold out.
@thomasfuchs Does your pro tip not increase privacy rather than security?
@thomasfuchs I want to say you mean privacy, but I just had a very close call due to the hacked Mega chrome extension.
..so maybe I will try Firefox or something
History repeats itself fighting against emergent technologies and way of life. We were being spied by the govt, then portfolioed by the police, then by marketing for companies, now Google Facebook, Apple, etc are doing a more advance marketing tactics were they track everyone they can whether you like it or not. Yes our privacy is important. But when Google use your info aggregated for marketing purposes I don't see it as spying.
Other companies has more invasive approach with more vulnerability for your info to be identified individually. The likes of Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and your ISP has been proven to be much more intrusive than Google, or Apple.
Like which one ? Since Mozilla make all DNS request go through private company for our own safety in Mozilla ...
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