from ipduh privacy and the https search fix
Many computer users think that by installing and using some
browser plugin they will magically protect their privacy --which is false.
Every time you install a browser-plugin you run yet more brilliant xor stupid and good xor evil code
that expands the attack surface on your system and your privacy and adds features or bugs or backdoors.
compiled closed code that you have no clue of what it really does in your browser
is usually not.
Plugins like flash, java, quicktime, itunes, silverlight, adobe reader, windows media player
In addition, every time that you do not look like an average human using an average
In most modern web browsers you do not need special browser plugins
ipduh is not very broken.
When it comes to modern web browsers I consider Chrome and Mozilla based browsers put together
by companies or groups I "trust" (Google, Mozilla, Debian) more secure than Microsoft Internet Explorer
and Opera and IE and Opera more secure than the rest ...
don't ask me for a formal proof ... it is an opinion ...
However, Chromium and Mozilla based browsers ( Chrome , Firefox , Seamonkey , Iceweasel etc ) , Safari , Internet Explorer , Opera and the rest of the modern web browsers are ridiculously complex
pieces of software used by millions if not billions of humans. There you have both opportunity and motivation for profit, control and
power. Hence, all modern browsers are insecure. Put together or read thoroughly the source of a basic text HTTP(s) client if you are really paranoid.
Certain three letter agencies may have exploits or backdoors that compromise your browser
and your privacy ( accessing your system ,even gaining administrator privileges,
And they may be able to do that without even having you visiting a website they (p)own.
Connecting to the Internet and firing up your web browser may be enough.
Up untill recently I had a little 'java applet' that would reveal your private and your first public IP address
in the anonymity checker. If an one man weekend software shop
can do this, imagine what larger software shops, the software shops that put together your web browser or government agencies can do.
Unfortunately many incompetent or devious folks are in the business of talking privacy or selling privacy.
If you are concerned about your privacy you should take the matter in your hands
and not leave it to me or anyone else.
Use a common up-to-date browser put together by someone you 'trust' that does not stick out
and use a combination of privacy tools like Tor or some sort of VPN which is used by many users and not just you.
A VPN, a proxy or an intermediate 'dark net' like Tor or I2P may harm your system or compromise even more your privacy
if it is misused by you or purposely configured by its operators to do so.
Combine and alternate privacy tools and test settings and tools in many ways.
An easy privacy test is the ipduh anonymity checker.
Just the Privacy and Security part