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Posted by drm vorlock
Jun 10, 2018 at 12:01 AM


Ghostery is owned by Evidon, a company that collects and provides data to advertising companies. It has a feature called GhostRank that you can check to “support” them. The problem is, Ghostery blocks sites from gathering personal information on you…

eMails each containing a To: header with a list of 500 of Ghostery’s privately registered user email addresses.
—security/privacy needs competence.

free. Chrome, Firefox, Opera. also premium version.

The new open source browser “Brave” automatically blocks ads and trackers, making it faster and safer than your current browser. Brave is based on Chromium.
OS: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS.

I will try Brave soon. Anyone used it?


Posted by satis
Jun 10, 2018 at 02:47 AM


I wasn’t too impressed. It’s only up to version 0.22.714, and the stable version hasn’t been updated in 3 weeks. It’s fast but other browsers, like Firefox, have caught up. It still has some UI glitches.

If you install the right blockers Firefox or Safari might give you a better overall experience. My VPN, PrivateInternetAccess, has options built in for everyting from blocking camera access to location and popups, 3rd party cookies, website referrers and more. Adguard (I bought a $30 lifetime license through StackSocial), also handles ad blocking and tracker-stopping, as well as phishing site warnings. Then there are free plugins you can install in major browsers like uBlock Origin, where you can pick and choose from updated 3rd-party filters containing blocklists based on type (eg porn, cryptocurrency mining protection, killing anti-adblock filters)), geography, and more. (And a bonus for Firefox is that it basically runs all Chrome plugins.)

There are a lot of browsers out there, and I have a bunch installed on my Mac - Cliqz, Brave, Sleipner, Waterfox, Epic - but I really don’t use them because, with the right plugins you’ll get great speed and privacy from a major, better supported and more frequently updated browser.


Posted by xtabber
Jun 11, 2018 at 12:52 PM


Brave‚Äôs business model is to block advertising from third parties but substitute advertising from their own partners. Users will be able to pay for content through a micro-payment system based on blockchain tokens.  Details are pretty murky, but in April, Dow Jones became the first publisher known to sign on with Brave on a trial basis.

Frost+ is probably the safest browser on Android, at the cost of some convenience. AFAIK, all other “privacy” browsers on all platforms collect some kind of data. The only question is how much and what do they do with it?  If you are REALLY paranoid, the only solution is to stay offline altogether.


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