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Which websites featured on the Federation have the worst privacy?


My last post highlighted how ticking the OEmbed box to add a website picture to a post can compromise Federation users if it contains a tracker.

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I also mentioned tools, like Disconnect, we could use to detect websites which track their users. In this post I reveal some of the most popular reference websites on the Federation with low privacy and high tracking rates.

I believe Federation users should consider not embedding, or at least warning their readers about the surveillance techniques carried out by these sites.

A Princeton University study identified almost a million websites that track their users. Here are just 5 examples of websites whose stories are commonly quoted on the Federation:

WIRED


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How can Federation users post more safely?


You know how it goes. We find a great story online and we want to share it with our supporters or feature it in our feed with appropriate hashtags for maximum reach.

But do we check the website featuring the story for privacy before we post?

When we embed a link by selecting the OEmbed box (often ticked by default) this displays an image or video on our post from the website we’ve featured.




They may look cool, but these images can contain beacons or other trackers. Embedded trackers also load into the browsers of any user who scrolls down the public feeds.

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Linux Desktop Setup


2019-01-15 · Programming · Frugality My software setup has been surprisingly constant over the last decade, after a few years of experimentation since I initially switched to Linux in 2006. It might…
Article word count: 2889

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19253072
Posted by def- (karma: 2221)
Post stats: Points: 125 - Comments: 41 - 2019-02-26T09:39:52Z

#HackerNews #desktop #linux #setup
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My Twitch Live Coding Setup


This article is an updated review of tools and software that I use to run my live coding stream each Sunday. If you’re interested in the…
Article word count: 4493

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19241570
Posted by ingve (karma: 98429)
Post stats: Points: 161 - Comments: 34 - 2019-02-25T00:09:04Z

#HackerNews #coding #live #setup #twitch
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Privacy tip #4

Turn off location. PART 2




[]BROWSERS

Apart from Edge, which has to be tweaked from the W10 OS, most browsers can have their location services disabled through their menu. I cannot list EVERY browser in existence here, as I have a life. If you have other browser location t
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Privacy tip #4

Turn off location. PART 2




[]BROWSERS

Apart from Edge, which has to be tweaked from the W10 OS, most browsers can have their location services disabled through their menu. I cannot list EVERY browser in existence here, as I have a life. If you have other browser location tweaks, please share.

CHROME
1. Click on Chrome’s menu and select the cog symbol – SETTINGS
2. Click the SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS link at the bottom. Don’t be afraid of the ‘advanced’ implication, this has been worded to scare off timid sheep from reclaiming their privacy.
3. Click the CONTENT SETTINGS button under PRIVACY. While we’re here, consider unchecking the boxes urging us to use web services to ‘resolve navigational errors’ or ‘prediction services’ to auto complete our searches. This is just more telemetry.
4. Scroll down to the LOCATION section and select DO NOT ALLOW ANY SITE TO TRACK YOUR PHYSICAL LOCATION.

FIREFOX

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Privacy tip #4

Turn off location. Part 1


Convenience is often the enemy of privacy, with the internet and our devices, but location services are a feature that can allow many exploits.

A large industry has grown around location data collection, which is covert and unregulated. Our location data is boug
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