Just the Privacy and Security part

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.

Actually, privacy-wise disabling javascript is OK, installing random plugins that run tones of "obfuscated" javascript or 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 may be more dangerous for your privacy or your security than javascript plugins.

In addition, every time that you do not look like an average human using an average system you stick out and many of your plugins are visible if you are running javascript.

In most modern web browsers you do not need special browser plugins in order to disable cookies or javascript. Try it out. You will soon realize that most of the web is broken without javascript even though 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 certainly seeing 'your' first public IP address ) even if you do not run javascript or plugins. 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