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Smartphone Apps Are Filled With Trackers


The privacy crisis Apple and Google need to fix—now
Article word count: 1113

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19653771
Posted by tumblen (karma: 564)
Post stats: Points: 128 - Comments: 57 - 2019-04-13T16:02:40Z

#HackerNews #apps #are #filled #smartphone #... show more


 

VSCodium – An Open Source Visual Studio Code Without Trackers


VSCodium is a tracking-free, free and open source clone of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code created so that developers will not have to build VS Code from source which contains telemetry/trackers.
Article word count: 473

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19650109
Posted by arthurz (karma: 87)
Post stats: Points: 137 - Comments: 76 - 2019-04-13T00:00:05Z

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EU government websites have undisclosed adtech trackers from Google and others


Plus: UK health service sites contain commercial trackers
Article word count: 857

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19424041
Posted by snaky (karma: 3287)
Post stats: Points: 162 - Comments: 44 - 2019-03-18T19:03:20Z

#HackerNews #adtech #and #from #google #... show more


 


Why does a vegan get ads for ice cream?


My friend, let’s call him Jake, has been a #vegan for years, long before it was trendy.

He said the other day, “Okay, Bill, you’re the one who keeps telling me about the terrible things the #internet can do (he usually ignores most of my advice) so how come I get #ads for Ben & Jerry’s in my emails on my Mac? They keep screaming at me “Hey, Jake! Buy Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s now!”

I try to ignore the irritation I feel that he hasn’t even installed an #adblocker... show more


 

Fitbit announces Versa Lite, Inspire HR, and Inspire: User-friendly fitness trackers to help you achieve your goals


#achieve #announces #fitbit #fitness #friendly #goals #help #inspire #lite #trackers #user #versa


 

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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Firefox to Block All 3rd Party Trackers by Default


““By summer 2019, the Firefox browser will also block, by default, all cross-site third-party trackers, strengthening privacy without your having to do a thing.” https://t.co/cqpQbSe9Ko
Article word count: 500

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19223853
Posted by geekybiz (karma: 69)
Post stats: Points: 132 - Comments: 87 - 2019-02-22T08:13:29Z

#HackerNews #3rd #all #block... show more


 
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

There a... show more


 
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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